While White is known for his many projects — The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and his solo career — The Raconteurs is White at his strongest, with songwriting help from Brendan Benson, who only propels White's inventive, genre-bending style. They are backed by bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler, two musicians who can't be underestimated.
"Don't Bother Me" is just the kind of song you'd hope to hear from a band known for pushing boundaries. Its frantic musical composition matches the chaos that the lyrics sketch out: "Your hidden agenda/You ruthless rule bender/Your surface duplicity/It's all nothing new to me."
"Shine the Light on Me" is similarly experimental. The track starts with whirling, distorted notes before harmonies pour in an almost Queen-like manner. Benson's voice smoothly intertwines with White's before fat piano chords clamor over the track as he sings, "When you're searching in the dark/It doesn't matter if you're blind does it?/Can't you see?"
Overall, the 12-track set never disappoints. Each song is unique and vital. From the angst of "Don't Bother Me" to the weighty "Thoughts and Prayers," with its searing violin and Nashville soul and blues influence, "Help Us Stranger" is a rock 'n' roll album that is not afraid to venture to new places.