Sex is probably the most powerful driving force in nature, in arts, implicitly in music. Some people believe that the power behind The White Stripes was the (sexual) tension between Jack and Meg White. When this flame faded out, Jack White moved over, eventually Jack find Alison Mosshart and we’ve got The Dead Weather.
The roots of “Blunderbuss” Jack’s first official solo album goes back several years when White was recording songs for several artists such as Tom Jones, Insane Clown Posse, etc. White was in contact with Wu-Tang Clan member RZA and they were going to do a recording session, but RZA couldn’t attend the session, so White recorded several tracks, which would ended-up into “Blunderbuss”. We’ve got 13 tracks, Jack delivering from raw blues to garage Indie Rock all the tricks and approaches he tried out in the last 15 years. Still, Jack managed to be timeless and fresh, shiny. This music is both simple and flawless!
Jack knows exactly to keep a perfect balance between dirt and smoothness, between rawness and subtle pulses, feeding from Blues to blow things up like a raging punk when the moment is right. It’s quite impressive how the simple things he do are so efficient and definitively original, having his own unmistakable fingerprints all over. This is (just) Blues. And it’s perfect. No additional “alternative” or any other adjective needed. This is music. Good for listen to, good for have fun, simply good.
To promote the album, White performed “Love Interruption” and “Sixteen Saltines” on a March 3, 2012 episode of Saturday Night Live, with two different backing bands, one all-male and the other all-female.
“Blunderbuss” is set to be released on April 24, 2012 through White’s own label Third Man Records in association with XL Recordings and Columbia Records.
01 – Missing Pieces
02 – Sixteen Saltines
03 – Freedom at 21
04 – Love Interruption
05 – Blunderbuss
06 – Hypocritical Kiss
07 – Weep Themselves to Sleep
08 – I’m Shakin’
09 – 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