Released: April 2012
Label: Third Man Records
Genre: Blues Rock/Alt
Jack White is back! After bringing closure to fans and questions asking if there were ever going to be new White Stripes material, he has returned, this time without Meg White. Blunderbuss is the debut solo album from Jack White, and well, it’s pretty much just like The White Stripes.
Well, I say that with ignorant white stripes fan goggles on. There’s obviously Jack White’s very distinct voice, guitar playing, octave-infused guitar solos which I’m sure will be welcomed back by fans everywhere. But there’s also a ton of guest vocals, orchestral instruments, and a nice mix between heavy rock tunes and soft, slow acoustic ballads too. I think if I had to compare it to a White Stripes album, it would be Icky Thump. The amount of variety on both albums is roughly the same, and the structures of the songs in Blunderbuss are very similar to Icky Thump.
It’s a solid album that while doesn’t exactly change the world of music, but it’s very good at what it does. I’m just glad to have Jack White back to my ears. I would’ve liked to hear Jack to the more insane end of his vocal range at some point, but maybe that’s for next time.