Jack White - Blunderbuss
Blunderbuss becomes the first collection of songs that Jack White is willing to solely attribute to his own crafting, or at least have identified as ‘solo work’. Staying true to the identifiable garage rock/blues sound resonating from his compositions of past, Blunderbuss provides the platform for Jack White to showcase the unhindered diversity he was always capable of. The album stirs between early R&B styling’s, soul-pop, roots rock, folk, country and blues with mastery.
Adopting a real Americana front porch flavour with the tinkering of a Rhodes piano in such tracks as Hypocritical Kiss and Weep Themselves to Sleep, White’s antagonistic guitar play is relegated to feature in a more intermittent fashion. Jack White moves around offering his prowess between guitar, bass and keys whilst a littering of mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, clarinet and soulful back-up vocalists accompany the brash rock in sporadic bouts. From bleeding noses to missing limbs, fingers slammed in doorways and wings being clipped in opening tracks Sixteen Saltines and Missing Pieces; the metaphors’ for anguished romance unfold in a hell bent manner. By the end with Take Me with You When You Go and Hip Hop Eponymous Boy (finest song of the album) Jack White surrenders himself to his eventual fate.
Blunderbuss is the vehicle for which Jack White has attested his musical progression. It’s emotive, evocatively engaging and adept with musical aptitude. At age 36, Jack White is floating with the cream of modern day rockers, holding his own with artists twice his years.