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JACK White heads to Splen­dour in The Grass, in By­ron Bay, armed with new songs from his first solo CD, Blun­der­buss.

The al­bum re­flects the many mu­si­cal ef­forts that pre­ceded it: There’s the snarly elec­tric gui­tar he first in­tro­duced with the stripped­down White Stripes, the coun­try sound he cul­ti­vated in his cur­rent home­town in Nashville and in his work with the leg­endary Loretta Lynn, and the rock en­ergy he whipped up with the Racon­teurs and the Dead Weather.

Blun­der­buss shows how far the 36-year-old mu­si­cian-singer­song­writer-pro­ducer has come since White Stripes first siz­zled ears in 1999. The sound here is richer and more lay­ered, with pi­ano or key­board on ev­ery track and even some fid­dles and clar­inet.

White har­monises with him­self and stretches his voice to ever higher oc­taves, at times evok­ing Led Zep great Robert Plant.

While White ex­plores var­i­ous gen­res and mu­si­cal stylings, he sticks to fa­mil­iar themes of be­trayal, love and lone­li­ness.

Love In­ter­rup­tion, though mu­si­cally gen­tle, stabs with its lyrics.

‘‘I want love to grab my fin­gers gen­tly, slam them in a door­way and put my face into the ground,’’ White sings atop backup singer Ruby Amanfu’s haunt­ing voice.

‘‘I want love to mur­der my own mother and take her off to some­where like hell or up above.’’

A cap­pella, they sing: ‘‘I want love to walk right up and bite me, grab a

Dis­ney Pic­tures has wran­gled Jack White to com­pose the score for The Lone Ranger. The stu­dio says the Grammy-win­ning rocker will write, pro­duce and per­form the score for di­rec­tor Gore Verbin­ski’s adap­ta­tion of The Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger will mark White’s first time scor­ing a fea­ture film. The film, which stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Ar­mie Ham­mer as John Reid, is set to de­but in Aus­tralian cine­mas in May next year. White pre­vi­ously wrote and per­formed the theme song to the 2008 James Bond film Quan­tum of So­lace with Ali­cia Keys. hold of me and fight me, leave me on the ground.’’

White split from model-mu­si­cian Karen El­son, with whom he has two chil­dren, last year. Still, El­son sings backup on sev­eral Blun­der­buss tracks.

White’s not all blue. The bouncy Hip (Epony­mous) Poor Boy fea­tures happy pi­ano and man­dolin, while On and On and On is an ethe­real mus­ing on life’s di­rec­tion. Blun­der­buss isn’t hard rock, but the blues-in­fused evo­lu­tion of its au­thor. The only song White didn’t write on Blun­der­buss, I’m Shakin’, may be its most ear-catch­ing. If you aren’t snap­ping your fin­gers and bob­bing your head to the groovy, honky­tonk sound of this Rudy Toombs blues jam, you bet­ter see a doc­tor.

is out now. Jack White plays the sold-out Splen­dour in The Grass fes­ti­val, in By­ron Bay, from July 27-29.

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