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. 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.
  2. Great fun to record, no doubt, and probably great live, but an annoying conceit on record.
  3. Consolers of the Lonely is often grotesquely overblown despite moments of genuine excitement.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 60
    But too often, the Raconteurs' love of twisty, monolithic rock gives way to bombast that teeters between homage and parody.
  8. 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]
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 »