Review: Jack White, Blunderbuss

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Ashley Cooke checks out Jack White’s first solo effort.

Jack White is back with his first ever solo record, and he’s on brilliant form – Blunderbuss is a rapturous joyride that rarely lets up.

First single ‘Sixteen Saltines’ could quite easily be a White Stripes’ single, but to approach the rest of the album you must think less of the garage rock feel that his previous ventures have fostered, and more the blues tradition that his music continues. ‘I’m Shakin’ is a brilliant toe-tapping cover of ‘60s R&B singer Little Willie Johnson and the slide guitar that drifts in and out on ‘Blunderbuss’ crafts quite a country feel, whilst ‘Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy’ is a quick-fire lilt that proves to be an album highlight.

The only weak track on the record is the penultimate song ‘On And On And On.’ It’s just a little uninspired and leaves a slightly bitter taste that closing track ‘Take Me With You When You Go’ cannot subdue. Otherwise, Blunderbuss is an exceptional effort that thrusts Jack White back to the critical centre stage he deserves.

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