Help Us Stranger

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.[14]

Help Us Stranger
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
RecordedJune 2018 – January 2019
StudioThird Man, Nashville
Genre
Length41:14
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
  5. "Only Child"
    Released: September 7, 2019
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.5/10[3]
Metacritic81/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[6]
Consequence of SoundB[7]
DIY4.5/5 stars[8]
Exclaim!8/10[9]
The Guardian3/5 stars[10]
NME4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork6.4/10[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[13]

Promotion and releaseEdit

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.[15] Both songs received videos, which were shot a week before the release.[16] 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.[17] Two days later, it was also made available on other platforms. On September 5, 2019 the band performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed their new single "Only Child," as well as "Shine the Light on Me."[18][19]

Commercial performanceEdit

Help Us Stranger debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 88,000 album-equivalent units, of which 84,000 were pure album sales. It was The Raconteurs' first US number-one album.[20] The next week, it fell to number 45, becoming the eighth largest drop from number one on the chart.[21]

Track listingEdit

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

No.TitleLength
1."Bored and Razed"3:35
2."Help Me Stranger"3:36
3."Only Child"3:41
4."Don't Bother Me"2:53
5."Shine the Light On Me"3:28
6."Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying)"4:06
7."Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)" (Donovan cover)2:25
8."Sunday Driver"3:38
9."Now That You're Gone"4:01
10."Live a Lie"2:20
11."What's Yours Is Mine"2:49
12."Thoughts and Prayers"4:42
Total length:41:14
Third Man Records Vault edition bonus 7"
No.TitleLength
1."Help Me Stranger" (demo) 
2."Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)" (demo) 

PersonnelEdit

Personnel adapted from album notes.[22]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 23
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[24] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 26
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[27] 2
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[28] 10
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 22
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[31] 24
Italian Albums (FIMI)[32] 34
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[33] 84
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[34] 38
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[35] 28
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[36] 25
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37] 6
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[38] 18
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 8
US Billboard 200[41] 1
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[42] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[43] 1
US Rolling Stone Top 200[44] 1

ReferencesEdit

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