Jack White – Lazaretto

Let’s be honest in everything he does he doesn’t fall far from the blues/rock tree so if you liked ‘Blunderbuss’ or indeed any White Stripes then chances are you are going to like ‘Lazaretto’ the latest from Jack White. Packed with hooks and riffs the album contains some of the catchiest of his work to date despite the lyrics mostly written in the aftermath of his very public divorce and subsequent female troubles in the spotlight. Opening as it means to go on with ‘Three Women’ the album has a groove for the most part with instrumental single and centre piece ‘High Ball Roller’ a good example of White’s modern day meets old school blues mash up. ‘Would you fight for my love?’ and country tinged ‘Entitlement’ sees him in a much more reflective mood lowering the pace slightly before ramping it up again. Backed by his two bands, the all-male Buzzards and the all-female Peacocks, he has surrounded himself with great musicians and clearly uses each to their strengths when needed. With his usual panache he pulls off an album that manages to be honest both in technique and lyrics and yet sounds remarkably fresh.


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