Jack White – Blunderbuss

Top LPs of 2012
#10

Is Jack White the definitive musician of our era? Yes. Now shut up. How many obvious adjectives would you like? Eccentric, iconic, experimental, trend-setting, weird, peerless, genius? Maybe the last two are all you need. It feels like this is the record he’s been wanting to make for years. It’s probably his most personal record yet, which doesn’t say much since he’s always had a knack (habit?) of divorcing his personal life from his music. No one actually believes he had a brother called “Baby” who cried like an earthquake. ‘Blunderbuss’, on the other hand, has, in his own words, “nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.” The result is (somewhat predictably) brilliant. It’s one of the smartest, coolest and from-the-gut rock records for years. Do I need to write any more? You’ve heard this already haven’t you? This was probably one of the only albums in this list to be played on Radio One, though if I may say so myself (in my infinite snobbishness) this is far too good for Radio One. Either way, you have no excuse.
For fans of… The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Alabama Shakes, The Rolling Stones, The Strokes
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