Jack White’s New Album Blunderbuss

Published on April 17th, 2012

The enigmatic front-man to The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, Jack White is set to release his new solo album, Blunderbuss, May 24. Leaning more towards his simple and humble beginnings of the blues, it’s definitely not the former White Stripes sound riddled with abrasive guitar riffs and heavy palpitating bass drums. However, it is a very nostalgic yet modern interpretation of Jack White’s influences ranging from the sensuous blues, to 70’s classic rock, and the raw and organic elements of country and folk. In Blunderbuss, Jack White is stripped of his previous charismatic rock boy label donned upon him by The White Stripes, as he pronounces more matured musical strides. Far from pretentious, his 13 tracks are all of simple structure; yet dabble into unconventional and reminiscent sounds of vintage ragtime pianos, sultry female harmonies, silky smooth guitar riffs, and whimsical, jaunty keys and banjos. Jack White’s voice is also powerful and haunting as he croons the notes to his ghastly lyrics, “I want love to murder my own mother and take her off to somewhere like hell.” The album speaks for itself, serving as a window into America’s pastime of musky scented country parlors, cathartic and somber riffs of Howlin Wolf, and the husky yet melodically sweet voice of Dusty Springfield.

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