Jack White - Blunderbuss
Critic Score
Based on 39 reviews
2012 Ratings: #45 / 1096
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Based on 426 ratings
2012 Ratings: #147
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Lovelorn, honest, poignant and emotional in the best way imaginable.

83
A.V. Club

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.

80
Drowned in Sound

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.

80
Spin

It's a comfortable shoe of a record, a distillation of everything he's done during the past decade, without the cultivated obstinacy. 

80
NME

While ‘Blunderbuss’ isn’t that definitive, unarguable document we’ve been seeking, it still feels like his most candid and personal record yet. 

80
Paste

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.

78
Pitchfork

It's got some of his best pure songwriting yet, but no earth-cracking riffs.

70
No Ripcord

There is not quite enough confidence, not quite enough honesty to elevate Blunderbuss to the record Jack White wants it to be.

70
Beats Per Minute

Ripe with unchallenged easy listening and devoid of the raw energy that ripped through the Stripes

70
Consequence of Sound

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.

60
PopMatters

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.

60
Under The Radar

Blunderbuss has all the stomp and sway of his best records, but also the unevenness that plagues him to varying degrees.

SnowyFighter
81

These are some solid tracks here Mr. White, I think you will get big some day!!!!

Missing Pieces - 8
Sixteen Saltines - 9.5
Freedom At 21 - 10
Love Interruption - 8.5
Blunderbuss - 8
Hypocritical Kiss - 8.5
Weep Themselves To Sleep - 9
I’m Shakin - 8
Trash Tongue Talker - 9
Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy - 6
Guess I Should Go To Sleep - 6
On And On And On - 8
Take Me With You When You Go - 6.5

JayCrackers
77

Jack White's first major stride into his solo career, Blunderbuss, sees him continue the blues inspired garage rock revival sound and what a great solo debut it is. Filled with the raw, passionate energy found in his Whtie Stripes era alongside a more introspective side of him and his music makes for quite a good combo. The tracklist is a bit dragged out but has some great songs in their with Sixteen Saltines being one of his best solo songs and the guitar playing is obviously great but matches ... read more

TheCarioca
69

Missing Pieces - 4/5
Sixteen Saltines - 3/5
Freedom At 21 - 4/5
Love Interruption - 3/5
Blunderbuss - 3/5
Hypocritical Kiss - 5/5 ❤
Weep Themselves to Sleep - 4/5
I'm Shakin' - 3/5
Trash Tongue Talker - 3/5
Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy - 3/5
I Guess I Should Go to Sleep - 3/5
On and On and On - 3/5
Take Me With You When You Go - 4/5

kattenbroekcom
77

A pretty good debut for Jack White retaining a classic sound even if the second half is much weaker than the first half.

76

Wasn’t expecting it to sound SO MUCH like 70s blues rock, but here we are. Certain tracks have instrumentation that The Band could have done in their prime.

FantanoCopy
66

On his official solo debut, Jack White treads through familiar territory, but with some added instrumentation to make things feel fresh.

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Added on: January 30, 2012