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SIMPLE REVIEW: Jack White – Lazaretto

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.

Favourite tracks:

  • Three Women
  • Lazaretto
  • Temporary Ground
  • Alone in My Home
  • Entitlement

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.

Rating: 8/10

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.


Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Media, Music, Reviews


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Jack White @ The O2 Arena – My Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I return to the realm of the internet to give you a review of a gig I went to on Wednesday and it will be on Jack White at The O2 Arena in London. After missing White in London back in July, I had to see White before the year was out, so I’ve waited around 4 months for this, was it worth the wait? Read on and find out.


So how would I describe the gig in one word? I would use “badass!”

It was a great show full of energy, interactions and memories. The music was loud, aggressive and kick ass and at times it felt like a force of power hitting your eardrums. That’s largely thanks to the tenacity and charisma of Jack White and his band who kept things entertaining throughout. Unlike most gigs I’ve gone to, there were not many gaps between songs, most of the performances blended together which was odd but also very cool and kept things going smoothly so you never had many moments to calm down. White is a great performer, the man is as charismatic and crazy as the songs he’s crafted, he strutted, jumped and skipped across the stage, at points he looked like he was possessed by a demon from the way he swung his guitar and himself around the stage, but it was still awesome. My favourite moment from him was when he was drank something from a bottle (possibly beer) and threw it to the ground and then kept playing, such a beast, the poor stage staff had to run around him to clean up the broken glass and liquid. You could tell that the man really loves what he does and is all about the music, from the way he talked to the crowd and encouraged them to sing along to certain songs.

And then there’s the songs themselves, oh my god! It was awesome. Even though I’m not as familiar with Jack White’s work with The White Stripes, I still knew the majority of the setlist and overall it was gorgeous. I thought this gig would be primarily dedicated to the
Lazaretto album, and there was certainly a good few songs that appeared like “Would You Fight for My Love?“, “Just One Drink” and ”
That Black Bat Licorice” being some of the songs that were played. The highlights were definitely “High Ball Stepper” which was lovely, the captivating “Three Women“, “Lazaretto” was AWESOME and “Temporary Ground” (one of my favourite songs from the album) was beautifully done live.

The Blunderbuss album got a lot of love too which was delightful for me because I LOVE a lot of that material. Hearing “Hypocritical Kiss” live was the best surprise ever, it is my favourite song from Blunderbuss and while the composition was different, it was a great sound. “Love Interruption” was another great performance that made me smile a lot and it was a great dedication to Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. “Weep Themselves to Sleep” was SO good, I loved hearing that live, while “Freedom at 21“, another one of my favourite songs was wonderful. And finally “Missing Pieces” was a great finisher. There was even material from The Raconteurs, firstly with “Top Yourself” which I liked a lot, but the best part of the show was the inclusion of “Steady, As She Goes“, that has been on of my favourite songs since 2006 and to hear it live was just a unbelievably happy experience. And the final song was the classic “Seven Nation Army“. In the end the song had to happen, I was wondering when it would turn up and just at the end it appeared. While I didn’t know any of the other White Stripes songs, this one got everybody singing and clapping and it was impressive.

In the end Jack White’s live performance at The O2 Arena was incredible. Seeing White strut his stuff and play some of these songs live reminds me of why live gigs are worth going to. If I can fault the gig at all it would be due to certain points when White didn’t sing all of the lyrics to certain songs or his voice wasn’t loud enough on the microphone. But these are nitpicks, I mean with a show this fun and intense its hard to focus on minor negatives. If you ever get the chance to see Jack White live, do it, you won’t regret it.

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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Media, Music, Reviews


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Favourite Songs #29: The Raconteurs – Steady, As She Goes

Howdy people of the interweb, and welcome to the 29th edition of my series of blog posts dedicated to some of my favourite songs ever in life. Today I’m gonna continue the phase of my favourite songs from my teenage days  with The Raconteurs with ” Steady, As She Goes“.

Ah man this was one of the strangest and yet most addictive songs back when I first came across it and I never forgot it since. Just have a listen to this tune below:

Again I return to 2006 when this song was released and I first heard it while I was on holiday in Canada. Back when I still watched music videos for songs, this song by The Raconteurs came on and what followed was one of the strangest music videos I had ever seen. Sure it was just a bunch of adult men racing in a soap box race with one of the them playing dirty, but it was just bizarre and at the time I didn’t know what was going on, but what I did know was that the song was awesome and never forgot it afterwards and whenever I would sing the chorus it would annoy my sister haha.

So why do I like the song so much? Well from the time the song starts up, the drums are in play, then it hooks you with a lovely bass line, then the guitars and then it all comes together with Jack White’ vocals and then when the song drops and the chorus hits I fall in love. Alternative rock is one of my favourite genres of music ever and this band future cemented that fact with their beautiful instrumentation in this song which is cool and yet aggressive and loud. The lyrics are also are very nice and easy to remember especially that chorus, that along with the music helps craft a song that is instantly nice on the ear and addictive. Plus it also helps that Jack White’s vocals carry the song so well too, I’ve always liked White’s material when he was part of The White Stripes but I never became a fan of his until he formed this band because their sound was more in line with what I liked.

I fell in love with the song, but never started listening to it properly until 2008 when I got into The Raconteurs by listening to both of their albums Broken Boy Solider and Consolers Of The Lonely. with the former being one of my favourite listening experiences of that year. Then I listened to the song on and off until I came to uni and started listening to the band again and got REALLY into them and with that “Steady, As She Goes” became one of those songs I just couldn’t leave without.

So to conclude “Steady, As She Goes” by The Raconteurs is just a badass song with a loud and aggressive presence, but has wonderful lyrics and awesome instruments that make it a song you’ll want to come back to again and again after your first listen. I highly recommend it yo. 🙂

Well that’s another song review done, what do you think of my song choice today? Whatever your thoughts are leave me a comment below and be sure to come back next time for another song review yo! 😀


Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Media, Music, Reviews


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Jack White Blunderbuss Album Review

Okay ladies and gentlemen I’ve never attempted to review an album before, but today I feel like there is an album that really does deserve my time and needs me to talk about it. So today I will be reviewing the solo album by Jack White entitled Blunderbuss.

Now long before this album had come out there was a lot of talk and a lot of hype about Jack White’s debut solo album. For many people across the world (me included), we really wanted to see what White would do with his own solo album and what sort of musical direction it would take. Now we all know Jack White and his musical career that spans many years doing various different projects over the course of time, he is mainly known for his work in The White Stripes with Meg White, but he is also known for his work with his other bands The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, both are equally as good bands and all have different and varying sounds, but the end result is always lovely. And if you’ve followed Jack White’s career very closely then you would have known about his work  contributing songs to film soundtracks from the lovely work he did in Cold Mountain to his duet with Alicia Keys in the main theme for the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. He is a very busy man, just like Damon Albarn (Blur & Gorillaz) or Dave Grohl (Nirvana & Foo Fighters), but now we finally have a solo album that truly let’s know what kind of musician Jack White is and I have to say… The album is fabulous.

Blunderbuss is a truly wonderful piece of work and really is different to a lot of White’s previous work, but at the same time it is familiar and has a sound that will captivate your eyes  from start to finish. Now as I said before there is a familiar sound to this album and that is because there are certain tracks that I am sure that fans of White’s previous work will pick up on, some songs sound like they have a White Stripes influence or a sounds similar to the Raconteurs or Dead Weather. But one should not coming into this album expecting more of the same sort of work that Jack White has produced in the past. This is truly a different kind of beast altogether. Jack White happens take on several different genres of music for his solo album, jumping from rock to blues to country to folk, and it is impressive how he moves from genre to genre and still makes all of the songs sound cohesive. Going to listen to this album the first time I had an idea of what to expect, but what my eyes got was a totally unexpected experience. Blunderbuss really is an album that encompasses Jack White’s musical career, but this time we get to truly hear the sound of the kind of music he really wants to make when isn’t part of his other bands. White takes his musical talents to new heights and it is incredible how much depth and enjoyment one can get out of this album. There is an emotional depth to this album which really hits home if you listen to the album carefully, things get dark, moody, but also happy, cheery and reflective and it works very well over the course of the entire album. The use of instruments are really interesting, especially the appearance of the piano which works incredibly well on this album. One other thing to note is Jack White’s vocals, they are totally on form here. They are high and low and you can really hear a lot of the power behind his vocals when he sings. I only listened to the album for the first time last week, but I have found myself drawn to Blunderbuss as it is an album that has an addictive nature to it.

Love Interruption is just the tip of the iceberg of awesomeness on the Blunderbuss album.

After my first listen I thought the album was okay, I like about half of the songs. But then upon listening to the album a week later I found myself liking a few more tracks than before and enjoying the album overall. I think it was down to the fact that I took the time to really listen to the lyrics and feel out the instrumental elements of album. I think my favourite song on the album is Love Interruption. When I first heard that song back in March this year I wasn’t sure what to make of it, but now I can’t get of it. It’s simple in construction, but brilliant at the same time. Jack White and Ruby Amanfu’s vocals work so well together along with the guitars and the clarinet. It’s just so good. The opening track “Missing Pieces” is a great start and it feels a little similar to White’s other work with the White Stripes or Raconteurs and from that point the album just ascends into greatness. The title track “Blunderbuss” was one of the most unexpected tracks on the album for me because it was so different from what I was used to, but it sounds so calm and soothing that you can’t help but love it and get lost in its jolly rhythm. There are also a number of other standout tracks like “Sixteen Saltines”, “Freedom at 21”, “I’m Shakin'” and “Take Me with You When You Go”  just to name a few. But the song that I think is the best track on the album has to be “Hypocritical Kiss”. It is simply incredible, beautiful and lovely. I fell in love with this track on my second time listening to this album. The is just an incredibly nostalgic sound to the song and hit connected with me on a personal level both in a beautiful and melancholy way too. I think it’s my new favourite track on the album because I’ve had on repeat while writing this review haha 😀

Overall I think Blunderbuss is an incredible debut album by Jack White, for those who have truly wanted to know the type of music that Jack White could produce on his own this is the album for you. Now I do have to say that those looking for another White Stripes, Raconteurs or Dead Weather styled album will be disappointed, but if you go into the album with an open mind I m sure the sounds will captivate you mind, body and soul with its beautiful lyrics, wonderful use of different instruments and music genres and Jack Whites great vocals. I highly recommend this album to anyone who appreciates music because this album is just pure fun 🙂

Rating: 9/10

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Media, Music, Reviews


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