Help Us Stranger

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Help Us Stranger
The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
RecordedJune 2018 – January 2019
StudioThird Man (Nashville, TN)
Genre
Length41:15
LabelThird Man
ProducerThe Raconteurs
The Raconteurs chronology
Consolers of the Lonely
(2008)
Help Us Stranger
(2019)
Singles from Help Us Stranger
  1. "Sunday Driver" / "Now That You're Gone"
    Released: December 19, 2018
  2. "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)"
    Released: April 10, 2019
  3. "Help Me Stranger"
    Released: May 17, 2019
  4. "Bored and Razed"
    Released: June 10, 2019
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.6/10[3]
Metacritic82/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
DIY4.5/5 stars[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
NME4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork6.4/10[8]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[9]

Help Us Stranger is the third studio album by American rock band The Raconteurs. It was released on June 21, 2019, through Third Man Records, their first studio album in 11 years following Consolers of the Lonely (2008). The album was recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, and mixed at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. It was produced by the band, engineered by Joshua V. Smith, and mixed by Vance Powell.[10]

Promotion and release[edit]

On the tenth anniversary of the band's second studio album, Consolers of the Lonely released in 2008, Third Man announced a re-issue of the album, alongside with two previously unreleased songs, "Sunday Driver" and "Now That You're Gone" were released as double A-side singles.[11] Both songs received videos, which were shot a week before the release.[12] On April 2, 2019, the album artwork, alongside with its track listing and release date were announced. On April 10, "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)", a cover of the Donovan song, premiered on Bandcamp.[13] Two days later, it was also made available on other platforms.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brendan Benson and Jack White, except "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)", written by Donovan Leitch.

No.TitleLength
1."Bored and Razed"3:36
2."Help Me Stranger"3:36
3."Only Child"3:41
4."Don't Bother Me"2:54
5."Shine the Light On Me"3:28
6."Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying)"4:07
7."Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)" (Donovan cover)2:26
8."Sunday Driver"3:39
9."Now That You're Gone"3:56
10."Live a Lie"2:21
11."What's Yours Is Mine"2:49
12."Thoughts and Prayers"4:42
Total length:41:15

Personnel[edit]

Personnel adapted from album notes.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Trendell, Andrew (June 20, 2019). "The Raconteurs – 'Help Us Stranger' review". NME. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Ruskin, Zack (June 20, 2019). "Album Review: The Raconteurs' 'Help Us Stranger'". Variety. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Help Us Stranger by The Raconteurs reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "Help Us Stranger by The Raconteurs Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Help Us Stranger – The Raconteurs". AllMusic. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Wright, Lisa (June 21, 2019). "The Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger | Reviews". DIY. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (June 21, 2019). "The Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger review – classic rock undone by aggro". The Guardian. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Thomas, Peyton (June 26, 2019). "The Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Winograd, Jeremy (June 12, 2019). "Review: The Raconteurs's Help Us Stranger Is a Robust Return to Form". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Raconteurs Return with New Album, Help Us Stranger".
  11. ^ "Vault # 38: THE RACONTEURS CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY".
  12. ^ "Raconteurs RETURN WITH FIRST NEW MUSIC OVER IN A DECADE".
  13. ^ "Vault # 38: THE RACONTEURS CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY , Third Man Records".
  14. ^ Help Us Stranger (album liner notes). The Raconteurs. Third Man Records. 2019.CS1 maint: others (link)