The White Stripes had never really impacted me with their blues-rock, but it was interesting and worth listening to. I can’t place my finger on why they were appealing, but I’ve always felt that they were held too high by most, and I ended up enjoying Jack White’s other projects more (The Racontours, The Dead Weather). Now that The White Stripes have disbanded, Jack White has now put out his debut LP, Blunderbuss.
The best moments on this new LP are the softer ones. “Love Interruption” has some great female backing vocals and some odd kind of flutes that make for a very original song. “Blunderbuss”, “I Guess I Should Go To Sleep” and “On and On and On” are nice country songs with steel guitars and some slippery piano.
With these slower moments, Jack White really shines with some good vocals and lyrics that aren’t anything too great, but they work in the sound that he’s throwing out. The big rockers on Blunderbuss are still good, but it all sounds like it’s been done before. Yes, White works with an intention of bringing back older sounds from American music, but there’s too many moments here where the songs too much like I’ve heard them before.
“Missing Pieces” is a great way to get things started and the energy keeps up with “Sixteen Saltines” and “Freedom At 21″, but there’s very little on these tracks besides the loudness of them. Other rock tracks here like, “”Weep Themselves To Sleep” and “I’m Shakin’” sound really nice at first, but there’s nothing on these songs to bring me back and make me listen again.
Rating: 6.9 out of 10.