The Party Ain't Over

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Jan 25, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. 80
    All in all, The Party Ain't Over proves to be a bold success.
  2. 80
    If you think Jack White's given 73-year-old Wanda Jackson a new lease of life, then think again; she's been kicking up a hot fuss since she ditched that Elvis fella in the mid-'50s.
  3. Jan 10, 2011
    A rich, warm, big-hearted and hilarious album.
  4. Jan 25, 2011
    Most artists her age would be content to release a greatest-hits compilation and wait for the checks to roll in, but Jackson's willing to let White guide her through new territory. After all, they're trying to say the same thing. They just say it a little different.
  5. Jan 25, 2011
    There are a lot of ideas at work on The Party Ain't Over, and while some come off as too calculated, the album's pervasive sense of fun and audaciousness usually wins out.
  6. Jan 25, 2011
    Her thin, raspy voice retains plenty of sass six decades on, and White's live-sounding band conjures the ambience of a gritty gig in some back alley bar for a rowdy crowd of mariachi bikers. Well done, Grandma Wanda.
  7. Feb 1, 2011
    Jackson's gritty mobile-home-park vocals elbow their way through a mix where the outcome is as much punk as it is rock and the Queen confidently executes both with unexpected exactitude.
  8. May 24, 2011
    At its core, The Party Ain't Over is a strong testament to Jackson's enduring talent, and White's vision for how best to deploy it. Even though Jackson was never actually gone, it's a pleasure having her back.
  9. Jan 28, 2011
    It's no real surprise that teaming one of today's great rockers with one of the great rockers of all time would yield such great results, but the surprise here is in how natural they sound together.
  10. Under The Radar
    Jan 27, 2011
    Jack White leads a rock and roll gang that manages to put the focus on Jackson while practically rebuilding the framework of old-school rock. [Year End 2010, p.70]
  11. In the main, she remains stylistically faithful to the originals.
  12. Jan 26, 2011
    This Party succeeds in merely rejuvenating, rather than reinventing, wonderful Wanda.
  13. Jan 25, 2011
    The Jackson-White reboot casts the song as a swampy, country vamp, and while it isn't a horrible idea in theory, it does feel contrived and a bit of an unnecessary pander. Even with that misstep in mind, though, it's pretty tough not to root for Wanda Jackson and The Party Ain't Over.
  14. Jan 25, 2011
    Jack White's collaboration with rock's original trouble girl is at once reverent and uproarious.
  15. Jan 18, 2011
    For "Shakin' All Over," White runs Jackson's goblin-queen croak through the analog fetishist's version of Auto-Tune, while "Rum and Coca Cola" rides the most lopsided punk-calypso groove since Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
  16. Jan 10, 2011
    The Party Ain't Over may well be dogged by obvious comparisons with Van Lear Rose, but Jackson's effort deserves to be judged on its own terms. Whilst the results are mixed, its best moments are captivating.

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