As a fan of Jack White’s numerous other projects, I was ecstatic when I heard he was releasing a solo album. He doesn’t disappoint. In fact, he comes out swinging. From the first note, you can already tell that he hasn’t lost the touch that made The White Stripes, The Dead Weather or The Raconteurs so appealing, that sound that takes rock back to its bluesy roots. Driving guitar riffs and engaging lyrics quickly draw the listener in. Overall, the album has the stylistically simple sounds that has been indicative of Jack White’s style for the past 15 years (yes 15, The White Stripes were formed in 1997). In a way, the album is an homage to all of his previous projects. “Love Interruption” could easily have been released as a White Stripes track; whereas “Sixteen Saltines” is reminiscent of The Raconteurs. Jack White has transformed himself into more of a persona than an actual musician, lending his name and reputation to numerous projects through his Third Man label. Blunderbuss ends up feeling cathartic, an emotional and creative release for an artist who has been looking for a voice, and who is finally on the way to finding his. Check out “Trash Tongue Talker,” “Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy” and “I’m Shakin’” for a good cross section of the album as a whole.
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Jack White - Blunderbuss (Third Man Records; 2012)
This article appears on page 7 in Vol. 8, Issue 8 -- Totally Beachin' (May 2012)