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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for The White Stripes/The Raconteurs artist features contributions from C.W. Stoneking, Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary of The McCrary Sisters.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    That he’s produced such a full, lush sounding thing packed with personality and life is impressive--but not surprising.
  2. Mar 21, 2018
    90
    White does pretty much everything except what fans have learned to expect from him. It’s an ambitious, dizzying, and sometimes challenging listen, but overall makes for one of the most maniacally creative albums of the year.
  3. Mar 26, 2018
    80
    It’s esoteric and unsettling, because he’s done trying to reason with us.
  4. 70
    Boarding House Reach's overall flow--conceptually and creatively--is at times unsure and brilliant at once. This is no album of the year contender, nor will it rank too highly on White's saggish discography. Instead, it's thirteen songs of creative madness.
  5. Mar 23, 2018
    70
    "Corporation" and "Ice Station Zebra," the two funkiest numbers here, illustrate this with their precise grooves, but even the self-consciously weird interludes show this same level of exactitude. While that keeps Boarding House Reach somewhat in a straitjacket, it also makes it a fascinating listen, because it's a document of a control freak anxious to get loose.
  6. Mar 23, 2018
    60
    White’s yelps and screams, reverb, synth and jittery guitar riffs could be more pleasant or cohesive, but that’s not White’s style, especially not on this record. Piling it all on seems to be the point he’s trying to make--this sense of being overwhelmed, constantly, at the hands of technology.
  7. Mar 22, 2018
    45
    Despite all the bluster, there's not a lot actually happening on this album. Its songs are collages of ideas that sound great in 10-second chunks but refuse to settle, shifting from fiery riffs to spoken word passages to jazz piano detours. At first, this restlessness has a mad-scientist charm to it but it quickly becomes tiresome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Mar 23, 2018
    10
    Pure creativity. This album is all over the place, if you like your music simple you'll probably hate this album. I personally think that itPure creativity. This album is all over the place, if you like your music simple you'll probably hate this album. I personally think that it is incredible. At least give it a chance. Also it may be my favorite solo Jack White album. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2018
    10
    well to go mr. whitewell to go mr. white !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. May 27, 2018
    10
    "Boarding House Reach" is, within each second, more than music: it's as broad and ambitious as art itself, unrestricted and vigorous. There"Boarding House Reach" is, within each second, more than music: it's as broad and ambitious as art itself, unrestricted and vigorous. There are no rules there, which may scare away critics and casual fans alike.

    It's almost unprecedented to get such a free, creative and cohesive piece of art, blossoming through rock anthems ("Over and Over and Over"), closely-knit experimentalism ("Hypermisophoniac") and pure joyful frenzy ("Everything You've Ever Learned").

    Jack White did not compose "Boarding House Reach" to impress critics nor to impress his fans. White did it for himself, and that might very well be the reason that makes "Boarding House Reach" one of the best albums from the last few years.
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    Apr 11, 2018
    8
    First, where I'm coming from - big fan of White in White Stripes (except Get Behind Me Satan), Raconteurs were OK, big fan of Death Weather'sFirst, where I'm coming from - big fan of White in White Stripes (except Get Behind Me Satan), Raconteurs were OK, big fan of Death Weather's first two albums, and hated White's first two solo albums. I prefer the heavier, guitar riff White (Black Math, Ball n Biscuit) over the sing songy White (insert sing songy songs), which is probably why I couldn't get into his first two solo albums. This album isn't the heavier guitar riff White that I miss but something new (with some familiar sounds here and there). If you've liked any of his work it is definitely worth a listen. Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2018
    8
    Top Tracks (personal opinion, worst to best):

    13. What's Done is Done 12. Ice Station Zebra 11. Abulia and Akrasia 10. Ezmeralda Steals
    Top Tracks (personal opinion, worst to best):

    13. What's Done is Done
    12. Ice Station Zebra
    11. Abulia and Akrasia
    10. Ezmeralda Steals The Show
    9. Connected By Love
    8. Everything You've Ever Learned
    7. Humoresque
    6. Get In The Mind Shaft
    5. Respect Commander
    4. Hypermisophoniac
    3. Why Walk a Dog?
    2. Corporation
    1. Over and Over and Over

    A splendid cacophony with more hits than misses, Jack White's Boarding House Reach is Jack's Kid A (albeit not as good). I like some of the experimentation done in tracks like Get In The Mind Shaft and Corporation, as well has the adrenaline-fueled guitar riffing in Over and Over and Over, which brings Jack's famous past as a former The White Stripes' member to light.

    Some of the tracks could be cut entirely from this project, because they disrupt the theme of the album so much that you wonder "what was he even thinking when he did this", as it can be evidenced by the country-like What's Done Is Done and the rapping verses in Ice Station Zebra.

    Overall, a pleasant experience with some of Jack White's most avant-garde work and some of his classic guitar work.
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  6. Apr 19, 2018
    7
    UN DISCO TAN BUENO... QUÉ ES MALO ?
    Si bien el nuevo material de Jack W. no es malo (hasta se puede disfrutar) resulta querer ser muy
    UN DISCO TAN BUENO... QUÉ ES MALO ?
    Si bien el nuevo material de Jack W. no es malo (hasta se puede disfrutar) resulta querer ser muy ambicioso para lo que al final resulta ser el disco. No logra alcanzar una expectativa al 100%, inclusive se puede a llegar a perder la esencia original de lo que va el album. Tiene temas muy rescatables si, pero no lo gran llenar los zapatos que dejo Lazaretto o Blunderbuss
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  7. Apr 9, 2018
    0
    My god what happened to you Jack White? This is the least adventurous, unlistenable boring album i've heard in a very long time.

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