Collaborations with the White Stripes, lyrics about the pleasures of tied up women…Brendan Benson has sneaked up on the music world and given it a firm smack round the face. 1996’s ‘One Mississippi’ was one of the most overlooked pop albums of the nineties, but 2005’s ‘Alternative to Love’ has finally given the Detroit songsmith his dues receiving huge critical acclaim.

The 42-year-old member of The Raconteurs is back with a dependably enjoyable set of bulky, countrified rock songs on this, his fifth solo studio album. The only major difference from…

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As Jack White goes all Jools Holland boogie-woogie on his solo album, for his Raconteurs compadre Brendan Benson it’s back to the day job – knocking out glistening radio rock…

Double-B offers up a country-tinged collaboration alongside husky-voiced songstress Ashley Monroe that’s full of Shadows-y, Mercury Rev-ed up, slow-burning sex appeal. A seductively underplayed offering, it’s the subtle caress to…

Things you want from a Brendan Benson track: riffs, zinging power-pop hooks, harmonies worthy of Hall & Oates. What you don’t want: piano balladry, violins and a strained vocal last…

Meet Jack White‘s favourite songwriter and where are you? You’re in the Mississippi delta with an octogenarian called Howlin’ discussing his recently deceased dog, right? Well no, actually, you’re cruising…

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You're gonna see a lot of this bloke over the summer...

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The White Stripes mainman joins an old pal onstage...

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And he'll be releasing a new single around the same time...