• Record Label: V2 / XL
  • Release Date: May 16, 2006
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 91
  2. Negative: 4 out of 91

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  1. Dec 12, 2010
    7
    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 isBroken 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
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    9
    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 likeJack 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
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. It's brief and even a little slight, but it's almost as much fun to listen to as it must have been to make.
  2. Like so many all-star bands before them, The Raconteurs could be one and done. But don't place the blame on this fertile and genuine debut.
  3. Nothing is really very exciting here, or very interesting.