Lazaretto - Jack White
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  • Summary: The second solo release for The White Stripes/The Raconteurs/The Dead Weather musician/producer shows influences of blues, country, folk, hip-hop, and rock music.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Jun 11, 2014
    100
    You suspect that getting on the wrong side of White would be inadvisable. Thankfully, he has channelled his demons in Lazaretto to create one of the great break-up albums of recent years.
  2. Jun 4, 2014
    90
    So while Lazaretto may sometimes appear to be a more nakedly emotional collection of songs than we've come to expect from its creator, the contents also rate among his wittiest and his wildest efforts to date. [Jul 2014, p.63]
  3. Jun 3, 2014
    80
    Coming two years after his debut ‘Blunderbuss’, a vitriol-filled purge that dropped in the wake of White’s divorce, Lazaretto does sound like a transitional step.
  4. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Sure, there’s a mildly preposterous, posturing axe-warrior in there, but it’s tempered, often joyously, with a self-mocking feminine side here, and makes for some of his most carefree but considered music in a very long time.
  5. 75
    White's best songs combine his songwriting chops with his boundless charisma, and Lazaretto has both in spades--the swaggeringly funky ''Three Women'' and the strutting title track are instant classics. But so far, his solo work lacks the bracing agitation that fueled past projects.
  6. 70
    Sometimes it’s tightly argumentative, weirdly superstructured, assertive in not wanting to be understood too easily. Sometimes it relaxes into pre-existing Americana hyphenates--blues-rock, country-rock, energies closer to what certain adult listeners hold up as “real music.” The less real Mr. White is, the better he sounds.
  7. Jun 23, 2014
    10
    The only crime Lazaretto commits that wasn’t already covered by his misogynistic solo debut, Blunderbuss, is being really boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Jun 11, 2014
    10
    I am a fan of Jack White, have been for years, however this is the least engaging album of his career thus far, there are few hooks and notI am a fan of Jack White, have been for years, however this is the least engaging album of his career thus far, there are few hooks and not really any good solo's there's not even any lyrics that I remebered after the initial listen, however this is possibly the most interesting thing he's ever done in my books, and the song Black Bat Liquorice is certainly my favourite song of his career so far, it takes the manic freedom of The White Stripes and the heavy sound and metaphor laden singing style of The Dead Weather and blends them into something extremely enjoyable. every song sounds like a single and thats both a plus and a minus, there is little cohesion but every track is masterful in its own way and could easily pass for a 'best of' album for any of Whites contemporaries. I'm not a fan of country music really but once I let the album sink in I got fully on board with it, this is a parade through the bizarre musical mind of Jack White, its sporadic, childish, angry, humorous and egotistical and I use all of those things in the best possible way. The album is mad but is fascinating and benefits from repeat listens. Expand
  2. Jun 16, 2014
    10
    Jack White's Lazaretto encompasses the angst, anger, lust and glory of defeat, loneliness and hope with this "second" album. I downloaded itJack White's Lazaretto encompasses the angst, anger, lust and glory of defeat, loneliness and hope with this "second" album. I downloaded it immediately, listened to it, then drove around the desert valley of California trying to understand every nuance of it's power at full volume. I felt It is not his opus but it is bloody well close to it. The bold masculinity of the title tract made me blush but the first track, Three Women, made me very happy. There is a raw sexuality in the blues, of course, but Jack makes it seem not only beautiful but accessible, as if the situations he divulges in his most intimate songs seem familiar to all of us. They aren't to me but he makes me feel as if they are. Which is what the art in music is supposed to be. A forgotten memory. I love this album so much so I ordered the vinyl from Third Man. I look forward to dancing with the angel. Expand
  3. Jun 17, 2014
    9
    Jack has FINALLY managed to collate all of his inspirations into one album with it being disjointed or messy. He effortlessly swings fromJack has FINALLY managed to collate all of his inspirations into one album with it being disjointed or messy. He effortlessly swings from gothic blues, to quirky storytelling, to bluegrass rock to folk and country. It all holds well together and takes you on the strange and kickass journey it should be with White as your pilot. His best work to date. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2014
    7
    This album is pretty good, but not quite as good as phenomenal Blunderbuss. I thought he goes back into White Stripes territory with thisThis album is pretty good, but not quite as good as phenomenal Blunderbuss. I thought he goes back into White Stripes territory with this album. BTW, I just realized after all these years that Jack White should't be complaining about Dan Aurbach. What Dan is to Jack; Jack White is to Led Zeppelin - using American blues to amp up their own riffs and lyrics - so none of it is 100% original. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2014
    7
    Jack White has given the world another great record as they have expected from him ever since the White Stripes broke out. White has managedJack White has given the world another great record as they have expected from him ever since the White Stripes broke out. White has managed to create a very good follow up to a very good album. Lazaretto showcases a broad spectrum of music. We get the hard rock that we all what to hear from White but there is also some bluegrass and country heavily in the mix as well. Even though I may not really be a huge fan of the country tracks it still ties the album together very well and there are a few of these tracks that caught me off guard and became some of my favorites. Its very difficult to decide if Lazaretto is better than Blunderbuss or not but I would say it displays a wider range of style. Jack White has continued to exceed expectations with Lazaretto, an album that should be an easy commercial and critical success. I would highlight the tracks Three Women, Lazaretto, Would You Fight For My Love?, I Think I Found The Culprit and the albums only instrumental High Ball Stepper. Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    6
    I expected music similar to that of the White Stripes, but rarely found it. I'm not a very huge fan of country music, so i didn't enjoy theI expected music similar to that of the White Stripes, but rarely found it. I'm not a very huge fan of country music, so i didn't enjoy the tracks that were influenced by it.

    The lyrics were nothing really special, and sometimes they were even corny. The vocal performance on the Stripe-esque songs were great, though. And they were also good on the country ones.

    Overall, i only enjoyed the tracks that have the spirit of his older work. That Black Bat Licorice, Would You Fight for My Love?, and maybe two or three more. The others, while not awful, were nothing remarkable to me.
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  7. Jun 20, 2014
    1
    Jack White is a bizarre character. Other than his freaky obsession with the old; feuds, restraining orders and physical violence have come toJack White is a bizarre character. Other than his freaky obsession with the old; feuds, restraining orders and physical violence have come to define this man. Lazaretto, like White is littered with nostalgic ideals, every 1950s, rock n' roll cliche possible. The problem is with this, that is all the songs are. 'Three Women', the age-old theme of the 'devil woman'. ''Just one Drink' is an ode to honky tonk, but again, that is all it is. The album is nothing new, but because Jack White is such an awful person I'm inclined to rank this a bit lower. Expand

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