The Raconteurs are channeling some of that sneaky White Stripes trickery and releasing a second album all of a sudden and seemingly out of nowhere next week, on March 25. It's called Consolers of the Lonely, and the motive behind springing the record on the public and press at the same time is as egalitarian as Jack White and Brendan Benson's songwriting approach.
From the press release:
The purpose: to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding its availability, reception or perception.
Still, I'd like to go ahead and tell you what I think of the record: It's a mature, brilliant follow-up to the glammy/power-poppy/proggy, thundering thrill of 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers. From songs like "Salute Your Solution" to "Rich Kid Blues," it's 55 minutes and 14 tracks of pure rock pomp and glee. A force to be reckoned with, indeed.