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 🙂