Lazaretto

Jack White - Lazaretto
Critic Score
Based on 45 reviews
2014 Ratings: #168 / 1019
Year End Rank: #20
User Score
Based on 445 ratings
2014 Ratings: #277
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

It works, at least partly because White’s version of a big production is more about layering sounds until he hits on something right, rather than polishing something until its defining cracks fade away.

85
Paste

The songs are exciting, effortlessly creative and full of risk-taking, but White taps into the vein of classic rock just enough to filter all of his weird extrapolations so that they’re comprehensible for his audience. 

80
musicOMH

This is another whopping, XXL effort from White, proving that although he may get roped into the celebrity dross every once in awhile, he can still manufacture art in spite of distractions.

80
The Line of Best Fit

At times, despite the fact that this is his 12th collection of compositions, it’s often as if Lazaretto is Jack White at his most vulnerable.

80
DIY

In taking his time, mining old material of his own as well as others’, swapping and switching personnel between sessions and embracing a little more of the 21st Century, ‘Lazaretto’ is perhaps the most conventionally made of White’s back catalogue.

80
Drowned in Sound

The extra care and attention shows too- this feels like a deeper record than its predecessor, 2012’s well-received Blunderbuss, not as pretty but certainly sharper and more elegantly formed

80
Time Out London

For an artist creating an increasingly difficult job for himself, White goes consistently easy on his listeners.

80
AllMusic

That eccentricity is the pleasure of Lazaretto, which is by every measure the strangest record associated with White since 2005's Get Behind Me Satan

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Introspective where Blunderbuss was voracious, White offers up a banquet of sounds and styles, ranging from country and bluegrass to hard rock and hip hop. 

71
Pitchfork

Lazaretto makes all of his other projects sound a bit scrawny by comparison. It’s the densest, fullest, craziest, and most indulgent that White has sounded with or without Meg

70
PopMatters

This is an exceptional rock album by a guy who really is the kind of rock star he’s aiming to be.

70
No Ripcord

The songs that make up Lazaretto are the most diverse on a White album since Get Behind Me Satan, and even more impressively, the songs themselves could stand alongside those on Icky Thump and Consolers of the Lonely thanks to the wonderful arrangements.

70
NME

... a varied album that lacks any monster riffs like the ones White used to write for The White Stripes, but includes enough intrigue, originality and plain weirdness to delight and, in some places, appal.

70
Exclaim!

Lazaretto will no doubt be heavily scrutinized by critics and celebrated by hardcore fans, but love it or hate it, nobody can call this stuff "watered-down."

70
American Songwriter

The 11 tracks are still packed with those “tricks,” but like the record’s subject matter, the occurrences are controlled, nuanced, or flawlessly smoothed out like the icing on a bakery-made birthday cake.

67
Consequence of Sound

Lazaretto can be neatly divided into electrics and acoustics, or side A and side B, respectively. For the first time in White’s performing career, though, the second group is more representative of the record as a whole and more crucial to its success. 

60
Spin

Lazaretto's experimentation sounds ambivalent, its songs fractured and distracted.

BGL13
76

ok so first off, holy shit, the vinyl of this is incredible. go watch the youtube video about it on the third man channel. but yeah the album itself is pretty good too. there are a few underwhelming tracks but the majority is amazing.
faves. title track, temporary ground, would you fight, entitlement, alone in my home
least faves: just one drink, want and able, three women

SnowyFighter
72

The tracks that are okay are there, but the tracks that stand out REALLY stand out.

Three Woman - 8
Lazaretto - 10
Temporary Ground - 5
Would You Fight For My Love? - 10
High Ball Stepper - 10
Just One Drink - 6.5
Alone In My Home - 6
That Black Bat Licorice - 10
I Think I Found The Culprit - 8.5
Want and Able - 5.5

halbery
60

sounds kinda lazy-retto at times
EDIT: +10 because the title track goes so fucking hard. i love u jack white

kattenbroekcom
78

Lazaretto is a more consistenly enjoyable Blunderbuss with some of Jack White's best tracks to date.

adamirish
64

the title track and high ball stepper are the only songs of note on this. the rest are very average and forgettable.
but the title track is absolutely incredible

yognak
70

Favorite Tracks : Lazaretto, Would You Fight For My Love?, High Ball Stepper, Alone In My Home, Black Bat Licorice

Least Favorite Track : Just One Drink

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Added on: April 1, 2014