Lovelorn, honest, poignant and emotional in the best way imaginable.
There are at least five songs on Blunderbuss that match the excellence of The White Stripes’ best, and on the whole the album performs the tricky task of updating White’s musical aesthetic without euthanizing its primal nature.
It's a comfortable shoe of a record, a distillation of everything he's done during the past decade, without the cultivated obstinacy.
While ‘Blunderbuss’ isn’t that definitive, unarguable document we’ve been seeking, it still feels like his most candid and personal record yet.
This is a hard, dark, inventive record that strongly suggests that give or take an imaginary sister and some fiddles, Jack White is pretty much the same boy we've always known.
At the end of the day, White’s still an enigma, and so is Blunderbuss, its mysteries unfolding in odd ways when you least expect it.
It's got some of his best pure songwriting yet, but no earth-cracking riffs.
He’s a little scatterbrained on Blunderbuss, as if he’s still shaking up his past to move forward into the future, and as a result, Jack White represents everything Jack White has already accomplished.
There is not quite enough confidence, not quite enough honesty to elevate Blunderbuss to the record Jack White wants it to be.
Ripe with unchallenged easy listening and devoid of the raw energy that ripped through the Stripes
In the end, Blunderbuss is a confused little record that wants to be two things at once: a pointed statement about the pains of a breakup and a collection of songs that are both daring and wacky and eccentric all at once.
Blunderbuss has all the stomp and sway of his best records, but also the unevenness that plagues him to varying degrees.
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|# 36 -||AllMusic|
|# 21 -||American Songwriter|
|# 11 -||Clash|
|# 13 -||DIY|
|# 19 -||FILTER|
|# 50 -||Gigwise|
|# 17 -||MAGNET|
|# 1 -||MOJO|
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|# 10 -||NME|
|# 25 -||No Ripcord|
|# 15 -||Paste|
|# 12 -||Pazz & Jop|
|# 40 -||Piccadilly Records|
|# 14 -||PopMatters|
|# 13 -||Pretty Much Amazing|
|# 3 -||Rolling Stone|
|# 10 -||Slant|
|# 35 -||SPIN|
|# 16 -||Spinner|
|# 29 -||The Guardian|
|# 26 -||Time Out London|
|# 3 -||Uncut|