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Jack White – Blunderbuss – review

It’s hard to keep track of the many phases of  Detroit turned Nashville musician Jack White, but if you keep track of those phases you’ll definitely find something to fall in love with, or fall in love with all of it.  The White Stripes were the pioneers of lo-fi alt-rock.  The Raconteurs were a more streamlined and fuller sounding alt/country/pop fusion of music, and The Dead Weather showcased White’s drumming skills with the darker, more psychedelic vibe of Alison Mossharts vocals leading the way.  White could have easily made a solo album sound like any one of these other personas…but he didn’t.

Blunderbuss marks White’s first ‘solo’ album, and most likely his main focus for his own creations, after announcing the demise of The White Stripes last year.   You can hear Nashville’s influence all over this record, especially in wild west saloon anthems like Weep Themselves to Sleep, and Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy. Then he comes back with songs like I’m Shakin, which could have been pulled straight from T. Rex’s classic album Electric Warrior (which is being re-released in a deluxe edition this week FYI).

Blunderbuss has echoes of The White Stripes obviously, but you hear all these fantastic snippets from other bands throughout the years as well, such as T. Rex, and even Jerry Lee Lewis on Trash Tongue Talker. If Blunderbuss isn’t Whites best effort to date, it’s easily his best piano work, and piano driven album yet.  You can find it all over songs like Hypocritcal Kiss (among the best of White’s tremendous catalog), and On and On and On. The first single, Love Interruption (which White performed on SNL) is a hook laden acoustic sing along, that sets the tone for the entire album.

It’s a complex thing to constantly re-invent yourself over the course of 15 years, but White is a chameleon.  He’s not only a great musician and song-writer, he’s also a great producer as well.  He’s able to take new musical direction in everything he does, and that’s what keeps him relevant and interesting today, and what is probably going to keep him interesting for decades to come.  I’m a big fan of pretty much everything that White does.  While I prefer The Dead Weather, and continue to grow nostalgic for The White Stripes, I still appreciate what White is doing on his first solo effort.  It will be interesting if White begins to grow with a catalog of solo effort, and continues on the road of re-invention.

Grade: B+