Blunderbuss [+Digital Booklet]
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Blunderbuss [+Digital Booklet]

April 24, 2012

  Song Title
Missing Pieces
Sixteen Saltines
Freedom At 21
Love Interruption
Hypocritical Kiss
Weep Themselves To Sleep
I'm Shakin'
Trash Tongue Talker
Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
I Guess I Should Go To Sleep
On And On And On
Take Me With You When You Go
Digital Booklet: Blunderbuss PDF Of Booklet

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Label: Third Man/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 41:49
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  • ASIN: B007U8U1V8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackpot! April 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD
For reasons that are now unclear to me, I wasn't really excited about this record coming out. I was an idiot. This maybe the most compelling album Jack White has made since... well, that depends on what your favorite White Stripes album is. (For me, it's Elephant). What we have here, then, is a collection of infectious songs that sound like they were recorded by people who were still very excited about playing them. I happened to be driving with the windows down when the opening numbers Missing Pieces and Sixteen Saltines were playing, and, boy, did that WORK. I nearly like every song on this, but the first 9 or ten songs are particularly good with special nods to Weep Themselves to Sleep and Trash Tongue Talker. There is looseness and energy about the performances that I think is rarely heard on modern records. This is certainly the closest thing to a genuine rock album--at least the way I understand the phrase-- that I've heard this year and maybe in quite some time.
Lyrically, Jack is obviously working through some things in his life and, since I'm not a detective nor a tabloid reader, I do not feel the need to know all the details, so suffice it to say that the lyrics have a certain feistiness and honestly about them this time--perhaps more so than usual on Jack's records.
The biggest surprise for me? The overall sound of this CD: it's warm, not overtly compressed with lots of space. (Other artists should take note.) I wouldn't be surprised if the whole thing was recorded on a 2-inch tape. And that is never a bad thing, as far as I'm concerned... Enjoy.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know he had this in him May 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've always admired Jack White's band work in small doses, so I was curious how his solo project would differ. Wow, color me impressed. All of these songs are thoroughly engaging, thanks not only to solid songwriting and passionate performances, but also spectacular arrangements. I love the variety of instrumentation here -- it's a wonderful rootsy blend of rock, blues, country, bluegrass, honky tonk, folk and old time music hall. What's really outstanding is the piano playing, and I'm not sure who is responsible since the videos I've seen show at least three different players, including Jack. I haven't heard dynamic rock piano like this since Rick Wakeman played on David Bowie's Hunky Dory or Mike Garson played on Bowie's Aladdin Sane. Really spectacular, and none of the reviews I've read in the press seem to notice it. Astonishing. Anyway, I understand Jack has more tunes half finished from this session, and I hope he doesn't wait long to finish them.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2012's Very Best Releases - 4 1/2 stars May 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Does Jack White ever record a bad album? That is a rhetorical question of course (the answer is no). White is one of the most talented songwriters, producers and musicians of our time. His first solo album Blunderbuss (no cheap shots at his macro role with The White Stripe of course) is highly representative of his consummate gifts. White's solo work is not so different a style than say his work with The White Stripes, though the instrumentation is certainly fuller - he allows for plenty of help on Third Man released effort (Sony).

The album opens with the brilliant "Missing Pieces," in which minimalistic Rhodes lines, covered by White himself, set the tone. A drum groove eventually enters, reminiscing back to 1960's rock and roll. On "Missing Pieces," White allows for plenty of instrumental moments to show off his talents, including both a Rhodes and electric guitar solo. White doesn't miss a beat on the great followup to "Missing Pieces" in "Sixteen Saltines," which possesses some solid riffs and an addictive grooved buttressed by the drums. The songwriting is noteworthy including notable lines such as "I eat sixteen saltine crackers , then I lick my fingers..." as well as the quasi-unifying hook "who's jealous, who's jealous, who's jealous. Who's jealous of who?"

The interesting groove, intact with tambourine of "Freedom at 21" continues the captivation established by White's cerebral mind. White aims for a quasi-sung/rap performance, in the idiom of indie-/alternative rock of course.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This White is Dark April 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
If Jack White hasn't created a masterpiece in "Blunderbuss," he's come damn close. Proving he has quite a future post-White Stripes, he has cobbled together a collection of tunes that pulse, soothe and always rock, flying by in a slick, fast-moving fashion. It marks one of those rare occasions where a mental and spiritual exorcism for the artist is also a destined pleasure for those interested in absorbing his art.

Unpretentious, callow, straightforward, laid-back - these are hardly attributes that applied to White previously, and now that he is relying solely on his own instincts and proclivities this is even more pronounced. Oftentimes he veers up and down the emotional scale several times within the same song, taking the listener in unexpected directions that provide a roadmap of both his disillusionments and idiosyncrasies.

To be sure, White is a restless presence on "Blunderbuss" - lamenters of the demise of White Stripes will find a musical life boat within its gripping, extremely impressive 42 minutes. Thematic comparison to Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" is certainly justified. This is an album of one man's heartbreak and the turmoil, introspection and eventual resurrection which followed.

His elegant, rapturous playing on his Rhodes and his grand, aggressive guitar playing bolster the tunes with a full-bodied precision that is by now expected. The extremely catchy "Freedom at 21," which features a fiery, inspired near-rap, is illustrative of the latter, while the schizophrenic, relatively quiet "Hypocritical Kiss" exemplifies the former.

This is music that not only compels repeated plays but reveals further treasures with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hey its jack white
that's all to be said isn't it...the new king of rock/blues one of the greatest guitarist of our it... Read more
Published 3 days ago by preecher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Love this album! It's a great mix of folk and alternative music. Hope he comes out with a new one soon!
Published 6 days ago by JMR
4.0 out of 5 stars great Jack White
Jack White shows again how large are his musical competencies: writing, singing, playing, creating, arranging, producing;
I did not know about him, and was surprised of... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jiloo
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Fantastic
I had no clue about Jack until I saw a movie called "It May Get Loud" about Jimmy Page - The Edge and Jack - I loved his guitar playing in that movie and bought this CD. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Brian Lusted
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack White - I Finally Get It
I have to admit up front that it took me a long time to come around to Jack White. I never got the White Stripes at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack White is awesome
Yeah, this record is great. Buy it if you like Jack White, or if you have a soul. Do not buy it if you like stuff that sucks.
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin R. Handel
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done album. Jack White is back.
I've been a big fan of the Stripes for years and this is album satisfies like a Stripes album. Raconteurs, eh... they're ok. Dead Weather? Nah. Read more
Published 2 months ago by stumbo77
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack does not disappoint.
Jack White is one of a kind- his music is distinctive and original and I have been listening to "I'm Shaking" every day since I got this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album since Nirvana!
This is by far Jack White's best album. There just seems to be no end to his prolific and genius songwriting. Buy it now. Not in a little bit or tomorrow. I mean right now!
Published 2 months ago by Jason Clontz
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
nice tunes, good album, heard it before but way more awesome on vinyl. Jack White writes the best music and lyrics.
Published 2 months ago by Christina Bcuh
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