POP MUSIC REVIEWS
THE PARTY AIN’T OVER
Such a nice young man, that Jack White, always helping old ladies cross the street and guiding them into his recording studio, where he coaches them through crossover albums that introduce them to an entirely new generation of young fans.
Such was the case in 2004 when the White Stripes maestro partnered with then-70-year-old Loretta Lynn to produce her Grammy-winning disc “Van Lear
Rose.” Seven years later, White has scooped up 73-year-old rockabilly matriarchWanda Jackson for a much rowdier goround.
Where White encouraged Lynn to pen her own tunes, here he and Jackson romp through 11 covers, all expertly produced. There’s a roadhouse-ready take on Bob Dylan’s “ Thunder on the
Mountain,” a slinkier version of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m
No Good,” and a dusky read of Jimmie Rodgers’s “Blue Yodel
But it’s the buzzy, brassy “Shakin’ All Over” that reveals the duo’s trans-generational chemistry: White brings the noise, Jackson brings the septuagenarian sass. It may not pack the same triumphal punch that wins little, gold gramophone statuettes, but it’s still wild fun.
REBIRTH: Rockabilly legendWanda Jackson is going mainstream.