JACK WHITE

Lazaretto ird Man/Sony

Blunt - - In Review -

Fol­low­ing sev­eral years as some­thing of a no­mad mu­si­cian in the wake of the dis­in­te­gra­tion of The White Stripes, Jack White re­gained his mojo with his wildly suc­cess­ful 2012 de­but solo al­bum Blun­der­buss. A melt­ing pot of gen­res, it fused the blues, coun­try and garage rock that he had built his ca­reer on, and Lazaretto finds him con­tin­u­ing to di­ver­sify. It’s a slap­dash witches’ brew in the same vein as the Stripes’ last two al­bums and the out­put of The Dead Weather, with fren­zied vo­cals over buz­z­saw gui­tars, tick­led ivories and jazzy drums. Songs like “That Black Bat Licorice” and “Three Women” are in­stantly recog­nis­able as White, and while the in­cen­di­ary so­los of the ti­tle track and “High Ball Step­per” are noth­ing new, the prom­i­nent fid­dle that pep­pers many of the tracks adds a new di­men­sion. He re­ally is a *cringe* Jack of all trades.

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