Excited About Jack: A Pre-Review

We here at LxL all have a special affinity for Jack White. Let’s be honest, if you like music, you probably do too. He wears so many different hats that it would be hard not to please someone, somewhere down the line. Whether it is the grungy blues of what was The White Stripes, the poppy guitar-driven melodies of The Raconteurs, the hard-hitting force of The Dead Weather, or playing along for country legend Wanda Jackson, almost everyone can connect with Jack somewhere along the lines.

Even though everyone had known it was coming for quite some time, it was a very dark day for music when The White Stripes had announced that they would be breaking up indefinitely. Ever since, everyone has been eagerly awaiting Jack’s next BIG move, and yes, now that day has finally come. As LxL tweeted yesterday, and as many of you probably already know, Jack has announced the release of his first solo album Blunderbuss which is set to release April 23 … a day that will now live in infamy.

^Either Jack's new album cover, or just a still frame from Yo Gabba Gabba!, in which he teaches young children how to shave

I for one, could not be more excited about this. Jack is one of the more talented and creative musicians around today, and although he has his had his hands in many different projects, his music always has had influence from other band members as well. Well not now, not with Blunderbuss. Blunderbuss is all %100 Jack, and he finally feel able to do exactly what he wants to do, exactly the way he wants to do it. Jack was quoted saying this is, “an album I couldn’t have released until now. I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”

The first track released from the new album, “Love Interruption”, is a slow but powerful song about Jack’s expectations and desire of what he wants from love. It’s a very simple song. It sounds like it could have came right off the Rolling Stones album Exile from Main Street. It’s an acoustic guitar, a soft organ, and some killer and powerful vocals from Jack and a female artist from Nashville, Ruby Amanfu.

^Goodbye Anxious-Meg, hello Ruby-Tuesday!

The song is quirky, and I believe gives off a good tone for how the entire album will probably play out. I’d expect plenty of dirty, gritty, grungy blues, but not quite the same as The White Stripes. I think this album will be recorded a bit differently in the sense that the production will be a little more devoted to each individual track rather than an all encompassing sound that The Whites Stripes albums usually have. I’d also expect some fairly random guests, even more quirky vocals, and maybe even a few fairly self-indulgent tracks in which Jack really let’s loose.

However this album turns out, I feel like I will love it. I haven’t been disappointed by Jack thus far, and now that he has total control, I doubt he will fail me now. Here is to April 23rd, and another addition to what LxL is excited about in the upcoming year.

For more info on the album or to pre-order, visit Jack’s website here.

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Author: Todd

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