Jack White – Blunderbuss Jack White – Blunderbuss

Jack White – Blunderbuss

Blunderbuss is a clusterfuck of emotional turmoil giving love the finger ,yet singing its praises all at the same time. The album is an eclectic mix of various genres, including some folk, Jazz, and even a hint of 60s-pop infused with Jack’s signature vocals, screaming and breaking while still maintaining power in his chords.

White certainly doesn’t leave out the intense guitar rifts that make you want to turn up the sound and bang on the dashboard.

From the piano heavy (almost Jazz like accompaniment) of “Take Me With You When You Go” to the drum heavy tragic tune of “Weep Themselves to Sleep,” White’s running theme of tortured love sickness is evident.

With an intense hook and Jack literally shrieking into the mic, “Sixteen Saltines” has Stripes written all over it; The song shouts adolescent lust and angst and lyrics like, “Spike heels make a hole in a lifeboat, Driftin’ away when I’m talking and laughing as we float” it’s hard to who’s drowning. However, if you really want to a glimpse into White’s fanatical state of mind, check out the video.

The angry drum beaten ballad “Trash Tongue Talker” conveys Jack’s indifference towards the fairer sex. I’m not sure how White pulls off a twangy sound with his prevalent British accent but he does and the song is infectious.

Blunderbuss isn’t just a compilation of Jack White playing with different music genres; it’s also an example of lyrical genius mixing fuming quips and passionate play on words.

“Love Interruption” is by far, my favorite song on the album. With lyrics “And I want love to split my mouth wide open and cover up my ears, and never let me hear a sound.” It’s a true expression of how love can tear apart your spirit, rip apart your insides and literally drive you to the brink of insanity. Yet, as emotional creature we crave the passion it lights in our souls. I can’t tell whether Jack wants love to fuck off or if he’s begging for something sweeter, but I imagine a bit of both.

The truth is if you’re a Jack White fan you’ll love the album, but even if you are not, you can probably find a few songs that resonate either with the emotion or the electric beat.

In short, I really like it. White without the Stripes feels like Mexican jumping beans between my ears – in a good way.

1. Missing Pieces
2. Sixteen Saltines
3. Freedom At 21
4. Love Interruption
5. Blunderbuss
6. Hypocritical Kiss
7. Weep Themselves To Sleep
8. I’m Shakin’
9. Trash Tongue Talker
10. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
11. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep
12. On And On And On
13. Take Me With You When You Go

Jack White - Blunderbuss, reviewed by Laura on 2012-07-06T10:27:05-07:00 rating 3.5 out of 5

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