The Raconteurs, "Steady As She Goes"
“Find yourself a girl and settle down,” Jack White recommends in “Steady, As She Goes,” the lead cut and hit single from the Raconteurs’ Broken Boy Soldiers (V2), “Live a simple life in a quiet town.” It’s advice White has certainly never taken. Not quite satisfied with his worldwide White Stripes megastardom, White hooked up with Motor City man Brendan Benson and two members of Cincinnati’s Greenhornes to form a garage-pop supergroup that actually lived up to the supergroup concept. “Steady, As She Goes” perfectly splits the difference between the Stripes’ fuzz-metal blues and Benson’s ’60s-indebted power pop; like most everything on Broken Boy Soldiers, it doesn’t sound like anything any of these guys could’ve done on his own. Though White’s already leaked a detail or two about the second Raconteurs album, it might be a while before we get to hear the thing, since Jack’ll likely spend the rest of this year supporting the Stripes’ Icky Thump (Warner Bros.). Good thing “Steady” hasn’t worn out its welcome.
— Mikael Wood
by MATT ASHARE