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Jack White - Lazaretto

by Nse Ette Rating:8 Release Date:2014-06-09

Jack White's sophomore solo disc Lazaretto opens with the blues-rock of 'Three Women', rewrite of Blind Willie McTell's 89-year-old 'Three Women Blues', setting the tone for much of the album. The title track follows, sounding very similar until some otherworldly squealing and yowling announce a change in tempo about two thirds in.

The dreamy 'Temporary Ground' is country-tinged, with support by backing singer Ruby Amanfu, while the cinematic 'Would You Fight for My Love?' could soundtrack a spaghetti western and finds him singing: "I'm afraid of being hurt, it's true". Dramatic instrumental 'High Ball Stepper' features some blistering Zeppelin-style riffs.

The bouncy 'Just One Drink' is country-rock, while 'Alone in My Home' is piano-rock, and 'Entitlement' is a tender, piano-peppered country ballad, belying the angry lyrics: "Children today... They take like Caesar and nobody cares". The ska-tinged, fiddle-laced 'That Black Bat Licorice' is a delight, as is the shape-shifting 'I Think I Found The Culprit', with ghostly harmonies and the line "Birds of a feather may lay together/ but the uglier one is always under the gun". Hymnal ballad "Want and Able" closes the album.

Lazaretto is a musical smorgasbord with hints of the personal turmoil he's experienced recently: a bitter divorce, ripping into and then having to apologise to everyone from The Black Keys to Meg White and even Duffy. Thankfully, it's also laced with a touch of dark humour.

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