Howdy ladies and gents, time for an album review I’ve been meaning to do for a while and its for Jack White’s second solo album, Lazaretto. Now I remember reviewing Blunderbuss back in 2012, I was obsessed with it and some of those songs are still very dear to my heart. That album definitely jump started my love for all music White was involved with and waiting for this album had been one of the most painful waiting periods ever. I was meant to review this in June 2014 but time just got away from me, however now is as good a time as ever to talk about this album. Oh, and before I begin, like I’ve said before, I’m not a music critic, I’m just a guy with an opinion so don’t rip me apart if I’m not using correct terminology or genres, okay? Good, let’s continue.
So Lazaretto, the best way to describe this album is that it is a similar yet different sound from what has come before. This album feels a continuation of White’s unique musical interests that he expressed in Blunderbuss. However, in addition to that this album feels like a bit of everything White’s done before and there are certainly moments where you can hear a bit of The Raconteurs and Death Weather to name a few. In terms of the album’s sound I would say its a combination of the alternative rock, folk and country genres, and there feels like there was a bigger appearance of folk and country sounds than before and it certainly makes for an interesting listen. Personally I’ve always liked White’s music when it was more rock-focused because I love his material when its loud, aggressive and full of charisma, however, the quieter moments have also stuck out. Songs like “As Ugly As I Am“, “Together“, “On and On and On” and “Hypocritical Kiss” some of my favourite jams because of their lyrical content and emotional and retrospective qualities. This album makes me feel happy, melancholy and excited, however it also allows me to think and reflect on my life too.
“Three Women” has a wonderful sound and starts the album off well, while “Temporary Ground” is soft yet beautiful and has a gorgeous chorus. “Alone in My Home” and “Entitlement” are very different yet both stand out for their musical quality and lyrics. I will still say the title track “Lazaretto” stands out as my favourite just because its upbeat, stylish and very fun to listen to on repeat. Songs like “Just One Drink” and “Would You Fight For My Love?” have a great sound and are good, but just don’t connect with me on that emotional level. One song I’m not sure that I like it “High Ball Stepper” it is an interesting instrumental song which I really disliked on first listen, but a year later and four album listens on there are times where I like it and others when I don’t. The rest of the songs are good but just not on my radar.
- Three Women
- Temporary Ground
- Alone in My Home
In conclusion Jack White’s Lazaretto album is different experience to Blunderbuss, and while there are certainly similarities to be found in the music styles, this is album has a very unique sound and it is a lovely one. The versatility, passion and beauty can be felt in all of the tracks and I would recommend it for anyone who is a fan of White’s material.
So what did you think of Lazaretto? Did you like it or hate it and how do you think it fares when compared to White’s previous solo album? Whatever your thoughts be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters.