Lazaretto ird Man/Sony
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.