Broken Boy Soldiers - The Raconteurs
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  • Summary: 'Soldiers' marks the debut for the new band consisting of the White Stripes' Jack White, fellow Detroit musician Brendan Benson, and members of the Greenhornes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. The songs zing with the excitement of two music nerds caught up in a game of "Top This!" [16 May 2006]
  2. 88
    Just like with White Stripes albums, the music rattles your brain like no other and gets better with age. [#20, p.97]
  3. This is all Broken Boy Soldiers was ever meant to be: an off-the-cuff collaboration between two friends and one which, despite its imperfections, is an effort worthy of applause.
  4. Within its own little garage, the album succeeds completely, but in the big picture, Broken Boy Soldiers never feels especially important.
  5. The moody “Together” reveal[s] what’s possible when White and Benson join forces. If only collaborations in this vein had been given greater consideration, the Raconteurs might have had something truly revelatory beyond a whimsical side project.
  6. Combine the dull wordplay with the uneven tone and Soldiers feels indulgent quickly -- and that's saying something for an album that's just 33 minutes.
  7. If The Raconteurs were any other group (that is, if The Raconteurs didn't have Jack White), the press/Blogosphere would slam it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    Jack White and Brendan Bensons supergroups first record was dubbed as Detroits answer to Nevermind (by White himself). It's never the 10 out of 10 classic that Nevermind is but it is a strong record. It's full of classic rock hooks that you'll end up thinking - "Where have I heard that before?", and the thing is you probably have heard most of these riffs somewhere else before. It's like the band got together, looked through there record collection, decided to pick their favourite rock anthems out and then proceeded to rejig them. For the most part it works very well - the musicianmanship on here is brilliant and most of the time the songs are very strong. Steady As She Goes, Hands and Intimate Secretary all need to be played with the volume turned to 11 :-) Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2010
    Broken Boy Soldiers has so little to offer here. some songs seem kinda bland, but other ones seem really good. This album was like a mix for me. The First track "Steady As She Goes" is a great song. Good way to start off the album. "Hands" and Store Bought Bones are also really good. BUt aside from a couple more, the rest of the album feels kike its missing something. There second album is much better. C+ Expand

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