eMusic Review 3
Even though Jack White has long cultivated a millennial bluesman persona — or at least maintained some anachronistic relationship with the blues — you rarely got the sense the White Stripes frontman was telling you his troubles. White’s debut solo album promises to unpack a lot of luggage: In the last year or so, he’s been deserted by bandmate Meg White and seen the White Stripes dissolve; he divorced from wife/supermodel/singer Karen Elson; and he’s seen the Black Keys chip away at his patented, arena-filling, two-piece business model and then take up residence in the backyard of his headquarters in Nashville. All the while, a recent New York Times article revealed, White’s been nursing a Willy Wonka complex that goes far deeper than an affinity for peppermint candies.
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune do surface often on Blunderbuss, which begins with “Missing Pieces,” a stylistic feint (it’s built on an off-kilter jazz-rock keyboard riff) and an obvious angry scribble about one or both of his ex-wives: “They’ll take pieces of you and they’ll stand above you and walk away.” Be rightfully wary of solo albums that begin this way, but rest assured that Jack White is too populist… read more »