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Jack White’s Blunderbuss is a Blundermess

  • Chad Estes TheFish.com Contributing Writer
  • 2012 5 May
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Jack White’s <i>Blunderbuss</i> is a Blundermess


Artist: Jack White

Title: Blunderbuss

Label: Third Man Records / Columbia

Jack White is supposed to be an important 21st century rock star. He has the look, the mystique, the singing chops, the reputation, and the music. I figured that I should like this new album, his first solo release away from his band, White Stripes (but his 12th album overall). Problem is I don't. 

The first time I played the album I just thought it was offbeat and peculiar, wondering which, if any of the songs, would become popular hits. I have a very wide array of music on my iPod, but nothing that sounds like this; nothing that made me feel so awkward and unclean.

I figured I'd have to listen to it again, maybe after another cup of coffee and later in the day to see if it settled any better. A friend dropped by that afternoon as I had Jack turned up loud in my studio. "What is this?" she asked. "Please tell me that you are reviewing this album and that it isn't something that you actually chose to listen to for pleasure."

Knowing that she has worked in the music industry helped me feel better about the reaction I was having to the music and lyrics.

The song that is getting some hype is "Love Interrupted." It has a catchy, yet simple music arrangement yet the lyrics are simply deranged.

"I want love t roll me over slowly,
Stick a knife inside me, and twist it all around.
I want love t grab my fingers gently,
Slam them in a doorway, Put my face into the ground.
I want love t murder my own mother,
Take her off to somewhere, like hell, or up above.
And I want love t change my friends to enemies,
Change my friends to enemies, and show me how it's all my fault."

Please skip this one, music fans. It made me want to revive the cassette burning fires of my 80's church youth group. 

*This Review First Published 5/21/2012