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Help Us Stranger

The Raconteurs

Help Us Stranger

Third album and first in 11 years from the Detroit rock band led by Brendan Benson and Jack White

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  1. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album proves that there’s still more to be mined from the supposedly anachronistic guitar-rock template
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  2. 9.0 |   DIY

    Something if not greater, then at least as good as the sum of their considerable parts
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    On the first album in over a decade from Jack White and Brendan Benson's The Raconteurs, the supergroup return with a smooth and bluesy ride to provide a very analogue album for a digital world
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  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    There's something new to discover with each listen
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Despite this contemporary flair, what keeps Help Us Stranger lively is how the Raconteurs blend and mix barbed pop and blues skronk so their classicism seems fresh, not stale
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The Raconteurs offers a much more straightforward and enjoyable 42 minutes. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Help Us Stranger is Jack White and Brendan Benson's love letter to classic rock. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Sure, Jack White is a busy guy. But based on the quality of the music he makes with his Raconteurs buddies on Help Us Stranger, here’s hoping he won’t go another ten years before delivering its follow-up
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    This is music that sounds as fun to make as it is to listen to
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  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    Purely and simply the sound of a group of musicians having the absolute time of their lives
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  11. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    White and Benson aren't trying to reinvent rock'n'roll, they're just bashing out some catchy tunes, and it's a blast to listen in on these old friends reconnecting
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  12. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    In perfect harmony and hardness
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  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    White may have a much higher profile, but Benson brings a positive, restraining influence to some of his partner’s self-indulgent tendencies
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  14. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Raconteurs – White, Benson, bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler – bust into their first studio album in eleven years like a street gang itching for battle
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  15. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On their first album in more than ten years, Jack White's acclaimed foursome the Raconteurs are back with a solid collection of songs
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  16. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Jack White's reliable side-project returns 11 years later with crisp riffs and tight harmonies
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  17. 7.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It’s the purest, most fun music either White or Benson have put out in over a decade
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  18. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    A fun romp through the most succinct Jack White material in a decade, a collection of songs that will thrill crowds across the world until White moves on to whatever his next project is
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  19. 7.1 |   Earbuddy

    They not only harken back to rock history greats like The Beatles and Queen but also the late ’00s
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  20. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    They do what they do very well at points on Help Us Stranger, you just get the feeling they could have taken their time and shed some of the filler
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  21. 7.0 |   Northern Transmission

    On the Raconteurs’ comeback, they continue singing their usual underdog blues to their usual diamond-cut rock. But whereas Consolers moved as a perfect, smooth mass, Help Us Stranger is a bumpy ride over plenty of flat terrain
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  22. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    As fun as all this let-the-good-times-roll hardened power pop is, it couldn’t have been more fun than making it
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  23. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    After an 11-year hiatus, the first album from Jack White’s other other band floats in weightless, haughty bliss through a perpetual 2008
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  24. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Jack White’s eccentricity is well contained by his bandmates, but the macho politics undermine the tautness
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  25. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    It sounds mostly for their amusement, but it’s still fun
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  26. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Jack White is capable of inflicting more compelling strangeness than we get here
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