Jack White’s sophomore LP might be instrumentally lavish, but these emotionally vacant songs features some of his worst tunes since the demise of the White Stripes.
We’d been skeptical of Jack White’s solo career since the bit-too-familiar Blunderbuss back in 2012. But he really had us reconsider his solo potential with “Lazaretto,” the lead single and title track of his new album – a flashy track laden with organ, horns, some glitchy synths, and it even had a freaking fiddle solo! He reached a new level of ambition with this track, but still reveled in a bit of (I’d call deserved) self-celebration.
And now we have a video fittingly as flashy and self-celebratory to the max. Every bad-ass thing White could think of is here: shattering glass, guitar-playing shadows, audacious floral-print suits, sports cars, bucking bulls, and Jack White chest pieces. Wait, what the fuck? OK, you might argue he went too far there, but hey; it’s still a killer song and a fun enough set of visuals. Enjoy!
Lazaretto‘s out tomorrow via White’s Third Man Records. Try getting your hands on one of these crazy-ass “ULTRA LP“s!
HAH! Jack really came through on this new one. At first, I was a little on the fence about this whole solo thing, but he’s really starting to convince me on this latest single of his, “Lazaretto.”
Yeah, I understand that his voice, guitar tone, songwriting style hasn’t exactly done a 180 since the demise of the White Stripes–which you could argue he had an incredible amount of control over, making it a solo project in a sense–but I think Jack comes through with a decent track and some flashy accompaniment from organ, horns, and some glitchy synths as well. Since going #1 with Blunderbuss, he’s obviously making more instrumental strides and sending that ambition through the roof.
And that fiddle solo? Don’t even hate.
If you didn’t already know, Mr. White has a new album titled Lazaretto dropping on June 10th.
Tanner Olin Smith is delivering some lo-fi goodness with some groovy and strung-out guitar riffs.
Embracing a low-quality style of recording, Tanner has a discernible mood that goes along with the wall of hums and guitar hard strums that fill this tape. It has an old rock ‘n’ roll vibe to it that is comparable to Jack White in some ways–even if the presentation here is dirtier and more psychedelic. Enjoy!
On his official solo debut, Jack White treads through familiar territory, but with some added instrumentation to make things feel fresh.
Lyrics provided by Stereo IQ:
Jack White – Missing Pieces Lyrics
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines Lyrics
Jack White – Freedom at 21 Lyrics
Jack White – Love Interruption Lyrics
Jack White – Blunderbuss Lyrics
Jack White – Hypocritical Kiss Lyrics
Jack White – Weep Themselves to Sleep Lyrics
Jack White – I’m Shakin’ Lyrics
Jack White – Trash Tongue Talker Lyrics
Jack White – Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy Lyrics
Jack White – I Guess I Should Go To Sleep Lyrics
Jack White – On and On and On Lyrics
Jack White – Take Me With You When You Go Lyrics
Jack White recently announced that he has a new solo LP on the way, which will be his first full-length release with any project since the announcement of the White Stripes’ breakup. Titled Blunderbuss, the album is looking at an April 24 release via White’s own Third Man Records. “Sixteen Saltines,” the second taste we’ve been given of the album, has been paired up with a somewhat unsettling new video.
The clip splices together shots of children and teenagers acting out various forms of surreal and often kid-unfriendly behavior, which ranges from getting heavily tattooed to vandalizing what looks like an abandoned building. White himself doesn’t have a prominent role until near the end, when he is shown bound by rope in the back seat of a car, on top of which a teenager prepares to set it on fire. Watch the AG Rojas-directed video above.
A new video from Jack White promoting his new single, “Love Interruption.” It’s off his forthcoming debut album Blunderbuss. Look for it in April on Third Man Records.
In case you didn’t already know Jack White has released a single to go along with the announcement of his upcoming solo album Blunderbuss, which is set to release April 24 on Third Man Records. The song is composed in a pretty simple folk style with some light guitar, keys, and female backing vocals. This puts on emphasis on the lyrics and with good reason.
White has always been an interesting songwriter and with this track he puts together a charmingly twisted love song. He uses clear imagery to invoke every pain and triumph that is associated with love, while avoiding the normal clichés. It is definitely nice to hear White do something on his own after all the numerous side projects he has been involved in.
So, yeah, this exists. Soon it’ll exist physically via Third Man Recs on a 7″ record, which features the b-side “Mountain Girl.” I don’t know whether to laugh or throw up. Let me try to figure out a way to do both.
On “the Rose With the Broken Neck,” Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi pull together some Italian-style soundtrack music with Jack White on vocals. Though the textures and sounds are vintage and pretty authentic, the drama of this track–the drama I imagine should be here–doesn’t really hit me. The same goes for the other tracks as well.
The level of romance and passion on the music that influences this album is sky-high, but this feels more like a barren wasteland of pretended-ed-ed emotions.