Broken Boy Soldiers

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Broken Boy Soldiers
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Studio album by The Raconteurs
Released May 16, 2006
Recorded 2005
Length 33:42
Label Third Man, V2
Producer Jack White III, Brendan Benson
The Raconteurs chronology
Broken Boy Soldiers
Consolers of the Lonely

Broken Boy Soldiers is the debut album by American rock band The Raconteurs, released on May 15, 2006 in the United Kingdom and May 16, 2006 in the United States. The album was generally favored among critics and spawned the hit single "Steady, As She Goes". The album earned a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 49th Grammy Awards.

Recording history[edit]

The songs were written by Brendan Benson and Jack White. "Steady, As She Goes" was the first song the pair worked on, followed by "Broken Boy Soldier". After the completion of these two songs and their demos, they called in Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler to work on the songs.

In an interview with Uncut magazine White said that "Store Bought Bones" originated from an outtake of The White Stripes album, Get Behind Me Satan. In the same interview, Benson also said that "Call It a Day" and "Together" were both songs he was working on for his next solo album.

Benson said in an interview with Mojo magazine that the album feels like a demo because of how the band plays the songs live now. "Hands" features an outro heavily influenced by AC/DC's "Back in Black", "Call It a Day" has been sped up (found on the Zane Lowe EP), "Store Bought Bones" has been merged with B-side "The Bane Rendition", and many other changes.

The cover was photographed by Autumn de Wilde and designed by Patrick Keeler and Aleksey Shirokov.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Cluas (7/10)[4]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[5] 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B−[7]
NME (6/10)[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[8]
Popmatters (6/10)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[10]

Critics were generally favorable towards Broken Boy Soldiers. Rolling Stone said of the album "Expectations were sky-high, but the Raconteurs exceed them all."[11] People magazine gave the album three-and-a-half stars, making the album the Critic's Choice of the week; they commented "Broken Boy Soldiers incorporates just enough weirdness to show that he (White) hasn't completely changed his stripes."[12] More conservatively, Billboard remarked "No one is breaking any ground here, and White fanatics looking for a new White Stripes record should temper their expectations. But as far as side projects go, this is as good as it gets."[13]

The album ranked No. 28 on Rolling Stone's year-end critic's list and No. 19 on Spin Magazine's year-end Top 40 albums. It entered the UK charts at #2 and managed to reach #7 in the U.S. Since its release, it has sold approximately 425,000 copies in the U.S.[14] In December 2006, Britain's Mojo magazine made it their Album of the Year. The lead single "Steady, As She Goes" became the band's first Top 10 hit in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Brendan Benson and Jack White.

No. Title Length
1. "Steady, As She Goes"   3:35
2. "Hands"   4:01
3. "Broken Boy Soldier"   3:02
4. "Intimate Secretary"   3:30
5. "Together"   3:58
6. "Level"   2:21
7. "Store Bought Bones"   2:25
8. "Yellow Sun"   3:20
9. "Call It a Day"   3:36
10. "Blue Veins"   3:54
Total length:
Japanese edition
No. Title Length
11. "The Bane Rendition"   4:21
Total length:


  • Jack White – vocals, guitar, keyboards, production, mixing
  • Brendan Benson – vocals, guitar, keyboards, production
  • Jack Lawrence – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Patrick Keeler – drums
  • Vlado Meller - mastering
  • Patrick Hutchinson - additional engineering (track 3)


  1. ^ a b "NME review". 2006-05-15. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b Raper, Dan. "Popmatters review". Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2006-05-16). "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Cluas review". Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  5. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  6. ^ review
  7. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review
  10. ^ "Alternative Press review". Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2006-05-18), "The Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldiers". Rolling Stone. (1000/1001):226
  12. ^ Arnold, Chuck (2006-06-05), "The Raconteurs". People. 65 (22):41
  13. ^ B. G. (2006-05-20), "Broken Boy Soldiers". Billboard. 118 (20):33
  14. ^ White Stripes looking for one-album deal, The Rock Radio, 2007-01-31

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