1. Missing Pieces 2. Sixteen Saltines 3. Freedom at 21 4. Love Interruption 5. Blunderbuss 6. Hypocritical Kiss 7. Weep Themselves to Sleep 8. I'm Shakin' 9. Trash Tongue Talker 10. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy 11. I Guess I Should Go to Sleep 12. On and On and On 13. Take Me with You When You Go
Jack White Blunderbuss
It’s crazy to think that with all of the bands and projects that Jack White has been involved in over the years that Blunderbuss is his first actual solo release. Having just turned 37 he has built quite a résumé for himself in his time with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, not to mention his work as a producer, record label owner, and even actor.
Given what White has produced over the years, Blunderbuss would obviously rock, but it could go in any number of ways. It does just that. White’s ideas have become more ambitious over the years, and Blunderbuss exemplifies this. You still get songs that remind you of The White Stripes (“Sixteen Saltines”) and The Raconteurs (“Weep Themselves to Sleep”), but you also get plenty of tunes that didn’t seem to fit into any of these other projects like the title track or “I’m Shakin.” You don’t really get much that sounds like The Dead Weather (“Freedom at 21” comes the closest), but it always seemed like more of an Alison Mosshart project really.
Over 13 tracks that span 41 minutes, Blunderbuss, has excellent moments and some that are just good. The songs are all about a few minutes long, so if there is anything you don’t particular care for, you don’t have to wait too long for the next one to come along. I think it’s clear that White had a lot of things he wanted to try here, a few songs focused around piano/keys seems to be one of them.
Jack White has certainly shown that he doesn’t put out bad songs. This album does lack cohesion though. Some songs were better than others, but more of than not, Blunderbuss is a collection of songs more than it sounds like an album. Still White continually shows to be one of the best musicians in his age group. There aren’t many that appear to be poised for a future of releases that you can see playing for another 25 years or so like White does. He’s always eager to try things and keep making music, and for that reason every one of his releases deserves picking up. Sure he’s had better ones, but who knows what will come next.
Key Tracks: Sixteen Saltines, Freedom at 21, Love Interruption