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Consensus is that this marimba- and piano-laced album will disappoint those seeking more guitar squallers — for that, proceed alphabetically to Wolfmother. But hardcore music fans will love it, for the way the songs move between genres, for the fun and brevity of each careful gesture. Plus, it's really weird. Masturbating to a picture of Rita Hayworth in "White Moon," failing to sexually satisfy her specter in "Little Ghost," and imagining himself as her unsatisfiable fan in "Take, Take, Take," Jack White lets his fantasies run amok, while carefully noting again and again that constructing scenarios is just what songwriters do.
You have to get to the end of this sinister (as in twisted into knots) compendium a couple of times, with an online lyrics guide that might be wrong (is that "never do it with the fingers" or "never do it with a singer" in the standout "The Denial Twist"?), before you can go back and really hear the thing for the first time. What a pleasure. The writerly, internal, fatigued album that follows a massive outpouring is an old rock tradition: Big Star's Third, Springsteen's Tunnel of Love, Dylan's New Morning, etc. For that matter, it's an American… read more »