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
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.
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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.
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