JACK WHITE – FREEDOM AT 21/BLUNDERBUSS/SIXTEEN SALTINES
My issue with White Stripes and Jack White in general has always been the same. His style has been moving more and more towards rehashes of vintage rock. Sure, it is executed with great skill and keen understanding. However, no matter the skill, it is still just a rehash. And so much of it sounds so impersonal and rehearsed that it most often falls short (this refers to you too, Black Keys). Luckily, that only represents about half of the White Stripes library. Songs like Seven Nation Army, As Ugly As I Seem, Fell In Love With A Girl, You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket, Blue Orchid, and Icky Thump brought enough creativity and/or sincerity to make them stand the test of time. Fortunately, Jack White’s first solo album Blunderbuss takes the right step towards personalizing his work. The attempt to revive soul and bluegrass sometimes comes across as tired, but for the most part the songs add something novel and revealing that make them enjoyable. It has great moments, like the great rolling drums in Freedom At 21, the stellar vocal work and strings on Blunderbuss, and the sheer energy of swagger in Sixteen Saltines.
Freedom At 21