Whoever said rock’n’roll is long gone is dead wrong.
Screaming guitars, southern soul and heavy drums with swirling electric piano encompass one of the best solo albums to date. This, my friends, is Blunderbuss by the world famous Jack White.
White’s career has spanned over 15 years and has received critical acclaim worldwide. White is best known for being the guitarist in the former White Stripes duo.
White has bounced between many bands since his departure from the White Stripes. He dabbled with a super group called the Raconteurs and alternative rock group Dead Weather.
When many think of solo albums they think of the flops by The Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger and The Who’s Keith Moon. Neither record stood close to past efforts with their bands.
But when White announced his upcoming solo album the news was met with much praise. Thanks to White’s talent and instrumental ability, not many people had doubts.
Blunderbuss has somehow incorporated elements from all of his past bands with a mix of a Nashville sound in each song. It’s almost like a continuation of all his bands.
This album’s first two tracks, “Missing Pieces” and “Sixteen Saltines” (inspired by his three year old daughter), start the album off strong. “Sixteen Saltines” seems to capture Whites entire musical career in one song. The electrifying riff that persists throughout the whole song sounds familiar and has you begging for the White Stripes to reunite.
Blunderbuss’s theme is almost a rebellion against love. Coming off a recent divorce, many of White’s songs feel influenced by his recent heartbreak. In the lead single Love Interruption” Jack sings “I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt or interrupt me. Yeah I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt or interrupt me anymore”.
By the middle of the album, White throws two groovy songs that have heavy country influences with steel guitar complementing White’s vocals.
Blunderbuss throws many surprise hooks, but the strangest thing about it is that a piano part drives almost every song. It’s most prominent in the songs “Blunderbuss,” “Hip(eponymous),” “Poor Boy” and “On And On And On.”
Many tracks begin with you thinking “gosh this song will suck,” but at about the minute mark you hear White add his magic. So don’t skip a song because of a bad first impression.
The only drawbacks I have to say about this album are the female choir/backup singers. It feels that they take away more then they add to the feel of the album.
For people who look for single filled albums this is not that, all songs are good and some catchy but they aren’t single material
No matter how soft or strange each song starts off, White manages to sneak in his trademark guitar lick—always messy and edgy, but catchy to the ear.
Whatever Jack white does in the music industry, from collaborating with Alicia Keys to remixing Mozart, he always releases quality over quantity.
This album is by no means is his best, but in this album he does things he hasn’t in his previous 15 years. This album is solid in every musical aspect, after two listens it will be hard to not go back for more.
I give it: Four out of Five stars
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