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CD review: Jack White 'Blunderbuss'

CD review: Jack White ‘Blunderbuss'
Published: April 20, 2012
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White doesn't seem to be obviously aiming for retro sounds on “Blunderbuss,” but it frequently sounds like the great albums Jimmy Miller produced for the Rolling Stones in the late-1960s and early 1970s, especially on the Southern pastoral ballad “Hypocritical Kiss,” the rambling piano-rock of “Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy” and the Jerry Lee Lewis/Stones barn burner, “Trash Tongue Talker.”

Most of these songs could have worked as White Stripes' tracks, but as a solo act, White is able to give these songs exactly what they need.

The closing song, “Take Me With You When You Go,” bounces along on a 6/8 time signature reminiscent of Dave Brubeck's “Take Five” before exploding in fuzztones and manic high harmonies, and its hard to imagine it being executed so exquisitely within the Stripes' deliberately primitive structure.

White is a classic overachiever with many irons in the fire, but on “Blunderbuss,” he concentrates all his creative heat.

George Lang


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