Sunday, July 1, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE RACONTEURS - LIVE AT MONTREUX 2008 (DVD)
It's also a significantly heavier sound than the two Raconteurs delivered. Whereas those had the stronger influence of Benson's pop inclinations, here its White's electrics blues, and a 70's rock band influence that dominate, from the sludge-Zeppelin treatment of Intimate Secretary, and the electrified version of the old blues number Keep It Clean. But you can also hear White taking advantage of the fact he was no longer playing with just a drummer. Now, he was in a five-piece, including keyboards and another guitar, and the tune Old Enough, with its violin, sounds like 70's Townshend, around Who's Next.
Then there's the final encore number, already a centerpiece on the Consolers Of The Lonely album, a modern take on the murder ballad style, a mystery song that shows White's interest in the folk and old-time school. This was an artist in transformation, even though it wasn't being talked about at the time, such was the hope that The White Stripes would continue. Now that we have White's solo debut, Blunderbuss, I think most will be okay with White's continued movement, and The Raconteurs can certainly be seen as a valuable time in his career. As such, this is a good document of the time.