Blunderbuss - Jack White
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  • Summary: With the end of The White Stripes, Jack White releases his debut solo album about love and relationships gone wrong.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Apr 19, 2012
    100
    While Blunderbuss appears to be definite off-loading of emotional baggage, it also feels like a move toward rebirth. [May 2012, p.80]
  2. Apr 27, 2012
    90
    Perhaps his greatest record.
  3. Apr 17, 2012
    88
    His most compelling collection of songs in years.
  4. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    A concentrated shot of charisma, undiluted and intoxicating. [May 2012, p.92]
  5. Blunderbuss does, at times approach his finest work. But it doesn't do anything he hasn't already done.
  6. May 7, 2012
    70
    Blunderbuss is good, damn good, and its' few missteps unthinking.
  7. Apr 19, 2012
    60
    Thankfully, there are just enough flashes of brilliance to save it, even if much of the album comes across as a really expensive demo.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. May 4, 2012
    10
    I give Blunderbuss a 10 overall fantastic composure, raw soulful vocals fantastic musical arrangements and diversity -every time I listen it keeps getting better esp love sixteen saltines, love interruption and now that I'm looking at the list all the others w the exception of poor boy. Have not been this excited about an artist since jimmy page. Love all of jacks collaborations but I am especially excited about this solo album. Will catch him in NYC and give another raving review . He is a genius I'm very appreciative of this new production Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2012
    10
    Jack White isn't just The White Stripes, isn't just the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather, or one hell of a producer. This album displays the full breadth of his interest, from the raw rock seen in the early Stripes albums to polished beauty unlike much of what he's put his name on before. He's never been more honest with us in his career, and it pays off on Blunderbuss. Expand
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    10
    It's not the White Stripes, it's not the Raconteurs, it's not the Dead Weather. It's a strange, creative, and very emotional blend of all of White's collective sounds that has echoes of old-school blues, garage rock, and even some folk. The album never gets repetitive, features lyrics that express the thoughts of a man that sometimes feels that people want him to do things that he doesn't want to do, and features some screeching Jack White style guitar licks just when they're needed. The album isn't an extreme of anything, and nothing all that new is done, but the way the sounds blend together create a very strong experience of an album, with a few stellar songs, that is a great way to mark the beginning to what I hope will be a very long solo career. Expand
  4. May 3, 2012
    9
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  5. Jun 11, 2012
    8
    This album is all at once something new and a revisiting of other White classics from the past. It's still blues, it's got the electric guitar, and the piano is as notable an instrument as it has been since Get Behind Me Satan. As a musician, White certainly pays his respects to the legends: "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy" sounds like it could have been penned by the Beatles; the title track "Blunderbuss" takes clear influence from Dylan's "Isis"; and dominant 7th chords tend to appear generally all over the album, inevitably glossing it over with a classic blues sound. In the end, the only flaw is that some of the lyrics are a little clichéd, some of the lines don't go exactly where they feel like they should, and some of the hooks sound a little forced. However, that being said, this album is a worthy addition to the collection of any White fan, casual or die-hard. Expand
  6. Apr 24, 2012
    8
    This is a rather sketchy first solo album for Jack White. Half of the songs are great, the other half sound just lazy. I do enjoy the instrumentals from him, so that's always inviting. But 80% of the time, the lyrics from Jack feels like it's exactly what he's thinking. There's usually little depth of any of his songs, however as a whole it sounds complete. I was really looking for a lot more hard core songs; like his "Sixteen Saltines" and "Freedom at 21". Those were some of my favorites, but maybe we'll see more of those on his next album. Expand
  7. Apr 25, 2012
    5
    This album was quite disappointing. I know that this album was something other then what he did in The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather, but the thing is that it's just not Jack. It seems like he's trying too hard to e something different. There are some songs that are really good like "Love Interruption", "Missing Pieces", and "Sixteen Saltines", but the rest are all kind of stale to me. He wants to be this old style blues musician so badly that his desperation is showing. Like I said the lyrics are good, but with his guitar skills and the subject matter you would think this album would be heavier and a slap to the face of all the White Stripe albums out there. I like the fact he wanted to try something different but he's out of his comfort zone on this one, hopefully he goes back to make something a little more heavier. Expand

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