Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Critics make a racket over the Raconteurs; plus, more praise for Jolie Holland.

Critics are all making a fuss about Broken Boy Solider, the debut album from Jack White's new outfit, the Raconteurs. A few folks really seem to hate it...

If The Raconteurs were any other group (that is, if The Raconteurs didn't have Jack White), the press/Blogosphere would slam it. (from Tiny Mixtapes)

...but most are singing its praises:

The songs zing with the excitement of two music nerds caught up in a game of "Top This!" (LA Times)

An album that sounds effortless, but at times almost dissyingly diverse--imagine The White Album, but made by happy people. (Mojo)

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. (Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

For a full rundown of reviews, check out Metacritic. And be on the lookout for my first impression, posted later this week. For now, I'll just say that I don't love it quite as much as The Times, but I definitely come down on the positive end of the spectrum. These guys are dynamite.

And while you're at Metacritic, just take a look at the reviews for Jolie Holland's new one-- which is currently hanging in there as one of the best-reviewed albums of 2006!


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