Jack White - Blunderbuss
Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:28 PM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:31 PM
One connection that may be interesting to some here is that Charlie Peacock has produced projects for both Ruby and Brooke. (They both performed recently at the 20-year celebration of Charlie's "Art House America.") And Brooke, at least, has told me she will be touring with Jack White for this album.
Emily plays some of the recording sessions I have for various projects, and also plays with a couple different symphonies, I think.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 01:10 PM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:26 AM
Interestingly, though, if there’s one White Stripes album that “Blunderbuss” reminds me of, it’s “Get Behind Me Satan”, with its tricksy R&B piano songs, its playfulness and viciousness. Flourishing piano lines (often played by Brooke Waggoner rather than White. Keyboardists are central to the new live bands- hence the recruitment of Ikey Owens from The Mars Volta as her opposite number in the boy band) anchor a bunch of the best songs here, especially in a run through the middle of “Blunderbuss” that ranks as one of the best sequences White has ever recorded.
It begins with the title track, a country-tinged story song that feels very much like a sequel to “Carolina Drama” (the best track, I think, on the Raconteurs’ underrated “Consolers Of The Lonely”), rich with the imagery and swagger of mid-‘70s Dylan. Then there are two extraordinary piano numbers, around which the whole album hinges: “Hypocritical Kiss” and “Weep Themselves To Sleep”, the latter a wonderfully bombastic examination/indictment of male vanity (“And men who fight the world and love the girls the girls that try to hold their hand behind them”) that’s also blessed with the album’s best and most indignant guitar solo.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:53 PM
Edited by Stephen Lamb, 09 April 2012 - 05:54 PM.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:58 PM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:33 PM
Blunderbuss is billed as the 36 year-old’s solo debut but, since he was the driving force in the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and, to a slightly lesser extent, the Dead Weather, it feels more like a continuation, or distillation. He weaves together all his influences with a spirit of loose invention and the command of a veteran band leader.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:06 PM
Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:01 AM
Thanks, Josh. I'm two listens in, and very much enjoying it. Can't believe I've never listened to Jack White before (other than a song here and there).
Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:09 AM
Blunderbuss is flooring me. It's varied musically. Pianos, handclaps, and all that jazz has fleshed out his stock and trade guitar and drums that White normally has lived on. (Note, this isn't a slight. It's just an observation. And I'm aware that Get Behind Me Satan expanded the instrumentation.) It hits hard. It pulls back. It gets funky. It slows down. This will end up on the top of many a year end lists and as far as I can tell, rightfully so.