Sound — 10
The Raconteurs, simply said, a great band consisting of Detroit musicians, including The White Stripes' own Jack White. The sound varies, from heavily synthesized, keyboard oriented songs to more melodic-centered ballads. Influences to the band such as jazz and experimental classic rock shine through, making each and every song unique.
Lyrics — 9
Jack White and Brendan Benson are simply some of the best lyricists of modern rock. Although some lyrics do not have any connection, the collection of the random lyrics makes for interesting, unique arrangements. For the most part, the lyrics and music stay within harmony. The vocals between Brendan and Jack are phenomonal, a perfect balance between the two distinct voices.
Overall Impression — 10
I have never experienced a CD quite like "Broken Boy Soldiers". Starting off with the mainstream "Steady, As She Goes" and ending with the blues-oriented "Blue Veins", the great mix of musical styles makes for one great album. To myself, I have most enjoyed the tracks "Together", "Level", and "Yellow Sun". I had previously heard "Store Bought Bones" on The Raconteurs website, which is one of the most synthesized songs on the album. I like the originality, but it's not really what I'm used to, so it's not one of my favorites. I would definately purchase this album again, stolen, lost, broken, whatever. Truly, this is the most original and unique album I own, and I am proud to have it in my collection.