The Raconteurs: Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) - Track Review

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The Raconteurs are inseparable from their leader. “Steady As She Goes” may be their enduring hit, but it wouldn’t have existed without Elephant; the same goes now for their return to recording, specifically “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness).” It’s hard to imagine it existing without the advent of Jack White’s solo career: the bombastic drums feel pulled directly from Boarding House Reach’s “Corporation,” while the lead riff and harmonica explosion fall in line with the blues-rock of Lazaretto. It’s a fascinating synthesis of sounds, giving a reason to listen to the band besides White’s presence. The Donovan original is an equally punky, snarled blues ballad, and the band’s update does just enough to reinvent the song without losing the instantly-catchy melody. It’s as gripping as anything on Boarding House Reach, and sticks out like a diamond in comparison to the band’s last two singles. If they want us to be excited for their return, The Raconteurs have only to release more music like this.

Listen to “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)”