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Jack White, Lazaretto

Jack White, Lazaretto

By Barry Walters, ContributorJack White's second solo album Lazaretto flits from one style to the next, simply because it can. If the former White Stripe/Raconteurs/Dead Weather leader feels like doing rap-rock reggae with distorted keys and fiddle doodles and giving it a goofy title like "That Black Bat Licorice," he will do so. Because no matter how ghastly all that sounds on paper, White not only gets away with that shit, but he sells it: "She's my baby but she makes me get avuncular/ And when my monkey's jumpin' I got no time to make it up for her" is but one of many rhymes as intricately constructed as the music that surrounds it. Created over an extended period that contrasts sharply with the tight timelines he's imposed upon previous projects, Lazaretto nevertheless crackles with spontaneity because the playing feels as impulsive as the arrangements are considered. "High Ball Stepper" may at heart be… more »

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Jack White’s Brand-New Retro

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By Barry Walters, ContributorJack White's second solo album Lazaretto flits from one style to the next, simply because it can. If the former White Stripe/Raconteurs/Dead Weather leader feels like doing rap-rock reggae with distorted keys and fiddle doodles and giving it a goofy title like "That Black Bat Licorice," he will do so. Because no matter how ghastly all that sounds on paper, White not only gets away with that shit, but he sells it: "She's my baby but she makes me get avuncular/ And when my monkey's jumpin' I got no time to make it up for her" is but one of many rhymes as intricately constructed as the music that surrounds it. Created over an extended period that contrasts sharply with the tight timelines he's imposed upon previous projects, Lazaretto nevertheless crackles with spontaneity because the playing feels as impulsive as the arrangements are considered. "High Ball Stepper" may at heart be… more »

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T Bone Burnett Taps Jack White, Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst and More For Benefit Concert

The 'Inside Llewyn Davis' soundtrack

The 'Inside Llewyn Davis' soundtrack

By Andrew Parks, ContributorFresh off the news that it just received a long-overdue donation from Jack White, the National Recording Preservation Foundation just got another round of support from T Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers. The trio… more »

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Coping With a Breakup: Getting Over the Loss of Your Favorite Band

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By Wondering Sound Staff, ContributorAll good things must come to an end and, in 2011, a whole lot of good things did exactly that. Indie rock godfathers R.E.M. released their 15th album - the sturdy, rewarding Collapse Into Now… more »