Jack White is happy that fans are ar­gu­ing over his di­vi­sive new al­bum

White Stripes alum­nus talks about try­ing new things and bring­ing po­etry to the peo­ple

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Jack White’s lat­est solo al­bum, Boarding House Reach, has gen­er­ally been re­ceived ei­ther as an ob­ject of com­plete baf­fle­ment or a work of mad­cap ge­nius since its re­lease this past March, with very few lis­ten­ers tak­ing a po­si­tion in the middle ground.

White, 42, is a hard man to pin down, but the Star was for­tu­nate to grab a few hur­ried min­utes with him early Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Congratulations, you’ve just put out the record that peo­ple will be ar­gu­ing about for the rest of your ca­reer. You must be en­joy­ing the re­sponse.

I def­i­nitely am en­joy­ing peo­ple dis­cussing a record, which I haven’t heard hap­pen in a long time. It just seems like di­vi­sive records don’t hap­pen that much any­more.

They hap­pen in hip hop Mu­si­cian Jack White is also the Third Man Records boss and one-time White Stripes front­man. now, here and there, but that’s about it.

I kinda like that, af­ter wil­fully putting your­self in such small cre­ative boxes in the past with projects like the Stripes, you’ve just thrown the doors open and let ev­ery­thing in on the new al­bum.

You know, peo­ple say “He wants ev­ery­thing to be like it was back in the old days.”

That’s not really how I look at life.

I like to try to com­bine the new with some­thing that’s for­got­ten and see if there’s some syn­the­sis that can hap­pen and get some­where new with it.

So, yeah, it’s a mat­ter of with this record try­ing so many dif­fer­ent styles of song­writ­ing and so many dif­fer­ent at­tempts at at­tack­ing spo­ken word, in all of its dif­fer­ent in­car­na­tions,

from po­etry to dif­fer­ent ca­dences that are in hip hop and the punk-rock sort of “speak­ing with­out singing.”

It’s not stuff that can trans­late live, a lot of it. It’s like it’s hard to sell po­etry live.

But I’ve al­ways thought that with singing, we put melodies to po­etry to sell them to peo­ple.

Why it was a chal­lenge bring­ing the new songs to the stage at thes­tar.com/mu­sic

RICK MADONIK/TORONTO STAR

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