Review: “Blunderbuss” by Jack White

Jack White has proved through various incarnations that he can move from one rock genre to another.

The frontman for The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and drummer for The Dead Weather has dipped into punk, blues, alternative and country-rock.

Record rating: 6.8 of 10

And in his first solo release “Blunderbuss” White tried to cram all of that experience and those sounds into one album.

Still distinctively Jack White, he dabbles in a new sound too often in his solo debut.

The first track “Missing Pieces” sounds like a cut from a Raconteurs album, while track two “Sixteen Saltines” is unmistakably White Stripes.

Further into the album, White adopts a more country-rock feel, and with “I’m Shakin’” he dips into rockabilly, through a traditional blues song structure, and wraps up the album with several piano-driven tracks.

Experimenting in different genres has been at the center of White’s career, which has helped create a different identity for each of his previous bands. And if you’re a fan of those previous incarnations you’ll still appreciate his solo effort.

But maybe it’s because White has already appeared to audiences in those various forms that his solo debut left me searching for which identity he wanted to claim for himself. After all, he was the driving force behind the acts he has formerly fronted.

It was White at the helm all along. So, why did I feel so lost when it was just him?

— Braden Lammers

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About hoosierhits
The music blog of the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville & New Albany, Ind.

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