The Raconteours

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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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Raconteurs rule live!!
Venue/Date: Orpheum Theatre (Boston, MA)
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September 29th, 2006
Reviewer: aceshooter

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The Raconteurs' story: They're solid but not super
By Joan Anderman, Globe Staff | October 2, 2006

Someone cranked the smoke machine to non stop full-blast at the Orpheum on Friday, as if the mythic haze might substitute for the inspiration missing from the music.

The Raconteurs -- an alternative supergroup featuring Jack White of the White Stripes, power-pop maestro Brendan Benson, and Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence, rhythm section for Cincinnati garage-rockers the Greenhornes -- are touring in support of their debut album, ``Broken Boy Soldiers," a fusion of bluesy riffage and classic hooks that doesn't quite transcend its borrowed roots. The live show, like the record, was stuffed with sharp playing and grad-level songcraft but few striking moments.

Even with two covers thrown in -- Nancy Sinatra's ``Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and David Bowie's ``It Ain't Easy" -- the Raconteurs' set clocked in at a workmanlike 65 minutes. And the focus was on White. Try as he might to blend into the lineup, White can't escape his own star power. The audience greeted the uber-psychedelic intro to show-opener ``Intimate Secretary" with polite applause, but when White stepped to the microphone the place erupted, and for good reason. White's gleeful squall of a singing voice and guitar freakouts are riveting, where Benson's fine vocals and sturdy instrumental work are just plain great.
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