Broken Boy Soldiers

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2006 Ratings: #282 / 660
User Score
Based on 94 ratings
2006 Ratings: #99
May 16, 2006 / Release Date
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As The White Stripes are coming to a close, Jack has a backup band. The Raconteurs are pretty much similar in sound to the Whites, but they present enough fresh ideas and lyrics that "Broken Boy Soldiers" feels like its own thing.

Fav Tracks: Steady, As She Goes; Level; Hands; Blue Veins; Broken Boy Soldier; Intimate Secretary

Least Fav Track: Call It A Day

I don't come to this as much as Consoler of the Lonely, but it's still a half-decent record in its own right. Also the lead single was what got me into the band in the first place, so it definitely has its own place in my heart.

The first time I heard "Steady as she goes", it didn't really do much initially, but as soon as that chorus hits, hoo boy you are in for a treat. It's such a staple in 2000's rock music, and if you're not enlightened yet, you damn well need to be! The ... read more
while not exceptional in any meaning, it's a solid collection of rock songs. just nothing special and a little boring.
Surprisingly, The Raconteurs have material on Broken Boy Soldier that feel separate from the dissolving White Stripes. The songs on this thing both sound fresh, compared to their garage rock contemporaries, and of it's time, alongside other emerging indie bands striking the internet and many hearts like myself. I know I would have loved this album if I had heard it years ago when I was discovering hip, cool indie bands, and listening to it today, I can still get down with it. I can see why ... read more
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