Jack White’s Blunderbuss: A Blunderbuss For All Of Us

Do you know what album that can kick Adele’s 21 out of  Top Chart in UK and US? Yes. You’re right! It’s Jack White‘s Blunderbuss! 

This is one of my most anticipated album in this early year. Along with John Mayer’s Born And Raised. But i think John Mayer has reached his peak at Continuum. I might be wrong though.

I’ve been listening to Blunderbuss for about umm.. maybe 69 times. Haha. I don’t know. Too often maybe. And i don’t get tired of his music. He’s a genius. He’s the saviour of the blues rock. Exaggerated? Maybe. Who cares anyway 😀

In case maybe some of you don’t him. He’s a  multi-instrumentalist musician and frontman of White Stripes, The Raconteur and The Dead Weather. Have collaborated with renowned musician such as Beck, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan, Electric Six, Insane Clown Posse, and Loretta Lynn. He’s probably one the most busiest musician today. Not to mention Dave Grohl and Mike Patton of course.

Compare to his project with White Stripes, The Raconteur, Or The Dead Weather, inarguably  Blunderbuss (which, for the curious, is a “muzzle-loading firearm” and a term with Dutch origins that roughly translates to “thunder pipe.”) is his masterpiece so far. Will be a classic album in the near future. Wanna bet? 🙂

This is very well concepted album. But he made it very easy. Bluesy lyrics. Passionately creating and performing copious amounts of tunes covering a wide spectrum of styles in music and sound. Vintage one.

To promote Blunderbuss in Saturday Night Live on March,3 2012 episode. He performed with two different backing bands, one all-female and the other all-male. But i love the latter with Carla Azra on drumset. Oh absolute beauty. They got the chemistry. Let’s forget Meg White, shall we?

When it comes to guitar playing, White is best known for the heavy, raucous anthemic riffs like “Seven Nation Army” or “Icky Thump” that he banged out early in his career. In Blunderbuss you can listen to “Sixteen Saltines.  

“Freedom at 21” is particularly catchy, a lone rattling drumkit and a stark snaking guitar line witnessing how White’s poor boy has the soles of his feet cut off. The solo in “Freedom at 21” echoes the Stripes’ “Blue Orchid” by mixing dry and octave guitar tracks played on a Bigsby-equipped Tele. To differentiate from the latter, “Freedom” adds a smidge of delay that offers a trippy stereo effect from right to left with headphones on.

The guitar riffs will get the headlines, but the album’s real artistry and strength are shown in the writing and composition. Piano-driven tunes like the attitude-oozing “Trash Tongue Talker” and the soothing, country, two-timing ballad “Blunderbuss” boast White as more than a 21st-century guitar hero. He’s a great composer.

White spends the first half of the album dwelling on womankind’s perfidy, casting himself as the suffering plaything of a series of vicious femmes fatales. Love has often been a pugilistic game in White’s mind but this time, on track one, he’s actually losing limbs. The partial lyrics of  “I Guess I Should Go To Sleep”:

“.. I guess i should go to sleep, too hard standin’ on my own two feet. Been walkin on too long on a dead-end street. I guess i should go to sleep..”

“.. I guess i’ll take off my shoes, head upstair and watch the news. That’s another way to lose this walkin’ blues. I guess i’ll take off my shoes..”

Grammy is on its way. More awards to come. Album of the year for me. And it’s month of May. 😀

This is blues what is all about. Robert Johnson must be proud of you Jack! Well done.


Jack White – Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss

Our patience has paid, former White Stripes’ frontman Jack White will (officially) release his first solo album tomorrow, April 24th 2012. The album already released on iTunes last week, you can stream the whole album on his iTunes channel or from a Grooveshark player below. Enjoy!

Jack White’s Blunderbuss by Review Bastard on Grooveshark

Jack White – Sixteen Saltines

One of the greatest guitarists of the decade will release his solo album in couple of weeks ahead. Jack White is kind enough to give us another chance to peek on his upcoming materials, after introducing Machine Gun Silhouette in last February today I’d like to share his latest music video titled Sixteen Saltines.

Sixteen Saltines is definitely a loud track. Muscular distortion with a rapid beat. The track, I assume, is how Jack’s solo debut will sound alike. The video trying to show us about how today’s youth can be very rogue, I don’t say it’s a picture of our youth today, but Jack decided to frame that side of life. We are all agree that being young is fun, and that’s exactly what this video trying to show us, the fun can be very scary for other people that see it from a different perspective.

Sixteen Saltines taken from the upcoming debut album, Blunderbuss. Jack will release the album on April 24, from his own label called Third Man Record. You can pre-order the album from his site.

Jack White – Machine Gun Silhouette

Jack White

Satu tahun paska perpisahannya dengan Meg (The White Stripes), Jack White memberi kabar baik untuk para penggemarnya, musisi dengan nama lengkap John Anthony Gillis ini akan merilis sebuah album solo pertengahan tahun ini! Album yang berjudul “Blunderbuss” ini kabarnya akan dirilis 24 April 2012 nanti, sebuah album yang patut ditunggu mengingat Jack adalah salah seorang penulis lagu yang tidak lagi perlu kita ragukan kemampuannya. Sebuah dokumenter berjudul “It Might Get Loud” yang menampilkan Jack bersama The Edge (U2) dan Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), menunjukan betapa Jack adalah salah satu gitaris paling berpengaruh dalam satu dekade terakhir. Kecintaannya terhadap gitar dan suara-suara unik yang dihasilkannya adalah alasan kenapa saya bilang album ini patut ditunggu.

Setelah sebelumnya merilis potongan lagu selama 30 detik dari Love Interruption, Jack kembali membocorkan salah satu materi Blunderbluss untuk publik, single berjudul Machine Gun Silhoutte ini memberikan sedikit gambaran lebih terang tentang akan seperti apa album Jack nanti.

Tidak seperti snippet 30 detik dari Love Interuption yang terdengar seperti versi akustik dari lagu-lagunya The White Stripes, Machine Gun Silhouette punya warna blues yang lebih kentara. Distorsi khas dari Jack, suara organ dan violin yang bergantian mengiringi repetoar Jack dengan backing vocal suara perempuan yang lebih melodis, lagu ini punya karakter yang lebih bengal dan akan siap jadi penghuni chart-chart ternama setelah Blunderbuss dirilis dua bulan kedepan.

Blunderbuss akan dirilis oleh label pribadi Jack “Third Man Records” dan sudah bisa di pesan dari sekarang di website pribadi Jack White.