New on your playlist: Jack White's 'Blunderbuss'
'Blunderbuss' is White's debut solo album, but it is certainly not the first album he has released.
He is now on his own, very much on his own due to his separation both musically and matrimonially.
The White Stripes are no more after he and Meg White split, and on a personal level his marriage to Karen Elson, who features here as a backup singer, has also come to an end. So perhaps there is much to be read into the somewhat disturbing lyrics that jauntily hang onto the music. Lyrics where he loses limbs, has his face pushed into the ground and walks on salt with the bottom of his feet cut off. They do lighten up a touch, but generally there are issues with love and women. Jack is shedding some weight.
As for the music, some tracks start with or deviate into familiar-sounding tunes only to veer straight into Jack White. The production is layered and tight with White's distinct vocals bleeding the edges.
He easily moves across the genres of and within rock, country and folk music. Sometimes he does so in a single track. Nevertheless, he creates an album that offers more and more with each listen.
According to Yahoo! Music, Blunderbuss sold 138000 copies in its first week, making his Billboard 200 debut as a solo artist at number one his best performing release so far.