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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, October 04, 2008
    Consolers of the Lonely

    Their music is good, The Raconteurs, as you'd expect from a Jack White outing. Consolers of the Lonely is at the slightly smoother end of garage but still quite thrilling. I love the cover art just as much. Here they are, thoroughly believable as a mid-American travelling freak circus, on a low-loader truck stage towed by lions and accompanied by a procession of solemn men and a massive wide-toothed mannequin. Beneath an array of stars and flags there's a beautiful woman blindfolded and doves caressing a plain sad-looking girl. The Raconteurs may be self-mythologising using deep American symbols which I don't understand. Or they may just be having fun. Either way it all goes well with the sound they make: a bricolage which might appear thrown-together but which is in fact thoroughly deliberate in every detail, the sort of infinitely-crafted fabrication you expect from everything Jack White does.