Sound — 8
With the release of their new CD The Raconteurs proved that they are not just a Jack White side-project. Consolers of the Lonely is a huge step up from their debut album. They have found a way to use all their talents to create their own unique style. This album isn't nearly as experimental as Jack White's latest album Icky Thump, but isn't anywhere near mainstream. Each song from this album is unique. Two great songwriters came together to produce a second and great album.
Lyrics — 8
Consolers of the Lonely features much more Jack White than Broken Boy Soldiers. Brendan Benson mostly sings harmony while Jack's recognizable voice takes center stage. These two composers put forth interesting lyrics that fit with the music.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a great album and the best released in 2008. I recommend it to anyone. This is a must-have for any Jack White fan. I love every song on this album with the exception of Many Shades of Black, which the album could have done without. It's hard to pick a favorite song off the album because they are all so different. So listen and enjoy!