Jack White - Blunderbuss (2012) / Rating: 4/5
After the ending of the White Stripes, and the hiatus of his other bands, it only seemed natural that Jack White would eventually try his hand at a solo album. Going in, I wondered how White could or would change his sound from his tried-and-true trademark blues, and garage rock sound. After all, the later White Stripe albums began to fade and sound somewhat rehashed from their previous efforts. With Blunderbuss, however White manages to bring back the sense of edginess, and freedom of his earlier work. There’s a lot to like with his solo album, although it’s a little front heavy, it’s still a great listen all the way through. With “Missing Pieces” and “Sixteen Saltines” it’s as if White got back to the basics of what made his songs so great in the first place. A lot of fast paced rhythms, and distorted guitar solos that are just fun to listen to. On the later tracks, White continues to mix things up by blending country and folk influenced arrangements together. This is a record that began more as a collaborative effort between artists that morphed into a solo record. So it’s an accomplishment that Blunderbuss sounds as cohesive and coherent as it does. If you’re a fan of Jack White and his many bands, I would highly recommend checking out his new work.
//post by scott
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