Friday ACL Fest 2019 Record Reviews

The Raconteurs

Help Us Stranger (Third Man)

Friday ACL Fest 2019 Record Reviews

First Raconteurs LP since 2008, Help Us Stranger moves garage-punk polymath Jack White from the Sixties to the Seventies. And from the sounds of things, he, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler did it in Z/28 with an 8-track player and a hash pipe. Opening the Detroiters' third LP, "Bored and Razed" echoes Cheap Trick, while "Live a Lie" channels New York Dolls-like proto-punk. In between, everyone's pastiched, from Queen ("Don't Bother Me," "Shine the Light on Me") to Badfinger ("Somedays [I Don't Feel Like Trying]," "Sunday Driver"). Plus, field-hand funk motors the sole cover, Donovan's Bo Diddley-like "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)." (Friday, 5:30pm, American Express stage)

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