Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Not content to merely shake up the music industry by releasing Consolers with only one week's advance notice, the Raconteurs have also had the nerve to drop a near-classic album.
  2. The result is neither refined nor especially modern, but it still evokes the thrill of playing hooky on a Friday afternoon.
  3. A notable progression from the foursome, and plenty of huge riffs to enjoy at the summer festivals.
  4. while one can easily imagine smoke machines spurting during many of the album's 13 other tracks, there is no irony in the mix. Just fun.
  5. The Raconteurs are singing, more often than not, about desperate characters. But that desperation only makes the crunch of the music more euphoric.
  6. White's second fling with The Raconteurs is quite the party, and perhaps one that may leave Meg a bit jealous.
  7. The Raconteurs establish a firm, emotionally charged identity of their own when White finally takes a back seat to Brendan Benson.
  8. "Broken Boy Soldiers" lacked tunes like these, tunes with considerable weight, and these songs turn Consolers of the Lonely into a lop-sided, bottom-loaded album that's better and richer than their debut.
  9. Consolers of the Lonely, despite its surprise entrance, is predictably pleasing, a fine collection of shit-kicking rock n' roll just varied and experimental enough to sound original and unbored.
  10. Consolers of the Lonely is heftier than its predecessor, both in its Led Zep-go-garage wig-outs and in its cosmic balladeering.
  11. Blender
    80
    The introductory kiddie voice and opening guitar scrape establish this second album as White's show; mariachi-style brass fanfare, Appalachian-hoedown fiddling and plenty of Roman-candle solos soon follow. [June 2008, p.76]
  12. Uncut
    80
    Twice as long as the band's debut, it's also more than doubly assured. [June 2008, p.99]
  13. There are blunders ("Attention," "You Don't Understand Me"), but Lonely consoles with the strongest and most diverse album from any of these raconteurs in years.
  14. Whether it was intended or not, White's personality sometimes overwhelms, and makes Consolers sound like a little sibling to Icky Thump--a little less unique, certainly, but another loose, comfortable affirmation of what they do well.
  15. With plenty of talent, the Raconteurs have a unique sound; they only need to spend more time trimming it down.
  16. Overall, Consolers feels less like a project and more like a jam session. But it's fun to watch White make things up as he goes along.
  17. Jack White’s bit on the side return with an accomplished and musically diverse second album.
  18. Sometimes The Raconteurs' competence and professionalism get in the way of their fieriness, particularly in moments that sound like a White Stripes album given a coat of '70s AOR polish.
  19. With Consolers of the Lonely, the Raconteurs are still content to play record-collection plunderers, but instead of ripping what they can from the '60s, they spend much of the album as twenty-first-century stand-ins for Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Oyster Cult and Three Dog Night, playing big, limp, calculated rock 'n’ roll.
  20. Consolers is a labored album, the product of much studio tinkering and a desperate need for the band to prove themselves as a “serious” outfit.
  21. Great fun to record, no doubt, and probably great live, but an annoying conceit on record.
  22. 60
    But too often, the Raconteurs' love of twisty, monolithic rock gives way to bombast that teeters between homage and parody.
  23. Consolers of the Lonely is often grotesquely overblown despite moments of genuine excitement.
  24. Under The Radar
    50
    Most of the album is in second person, and it’s another way that Consolers of the Lonely isolates the audience. The lonely are far from consoled; they’re made to feel uninvited to a fantastic party. [Summer 2008]
  25. What keeps Consolers of the Lonely from being an outright shit affair is, predictably, the assembled chops of its musicians, a group never so much fussy as amicable, wide-eyed about the righteous licks and insensitive tempo shifts they solder together so tightly.
  26. It’s a much more musically diverse album than the Raconteurs have done before, but there are many more misses than hits among these 14 tracks.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 115
  1. Nov 9, 2012
    10
    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this album (psh, I'm defiantly not trying to fill of the word requirement, what makes you thin that?)I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this album (psh, I'm defiantly not trying to fill of the word requirement, what makes you thin that?) First of all anything with Jack white is tremendous, lets face it, its amazing. It is a diverse, interesting album that I can re-listen to ever and over again no matter what I'm doing Full Review »
  2. Apr 10, 2012
    8
    The follow up to the part time group's strong debut - this record probably has a bit more ambition but not quite as much top-quality tunes onThe follow up to the part time group's strong debut - this record probably has a bit more ambition but not quite as much top-quality tunes on show. The fact that "Consolers" doesn't have as many radio friendly rock run-throughs on it while at the same time having some more interesting moments on it than "Broken Boy Soldiers" is sometimes a strength but this is also at times a weakness of the record. The band are to be commended for wanting to try out more things on this record but unfortunately they don't always work out. While Broken Boy Soldiers was a really good rock album full of anthems, this is definitely more of a blues rock record and is more reminisent of the White Stripes. Still - this band seem like a tribute to the history of rock Full Review »
  3. Feb 14, 2012
    9
    I don't normally buy a lot of rock albums but this is just one of those rare albums for me. Jack White is a true artist and now he isI don't normally buy a lot of rock albums but this is just one of those rare albums for me. Jack White is a true artist and now he is surrounded by three other talented people too! I can honestly say I like every song. Full Review »