Jack White - Blunderbuss
Critic Score
Based on 38 reviews
2012 Ratings: #53 / 1047
Year End Rank: #14
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Based on 308 ratings
2012 Ratings: #123
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Lovelorn, honest, poignant and emotional in the best way imaginable.

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.


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. 

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.


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.

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.

No Ripcord

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

Beats Per Minute

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.

Under The Radar

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

An alright listen, but nothing special. The White Stripes may have made some of the best blues-rock and garage-rock of the 2000's, but this isn't nearly as exciting as a White Stripes project. I won't blame this album's downfall for Meg not being present, in fact, a lot of this feels like uninteresting White Stripes throwaway. Those tracks in question just could not match the catchiness or electricity of a Stripes track. There is some great song-writing to be found, but on it's own, Jack plays ... read more
this album is a total nostalgia trip for me but the direction Jack took here from his work with the Stripes is amazing, the vibrant piano work and the simultaneously explosive and calculated guitar work, and the overall sentiment of the record is so fucking amazing, I will love the hell out of this record till the day I die.
White's solo debut is far more bluesy and easy on the ears than his work in The White Stripes, however it lacks the raw energy and unique edge that they had.

Best Track: Sixteen Saltiness
Worst Track: Trash Tongue Talker
Jack White feels more in his element here than he did in a long time. Even more so than he did in his later years while in the White Stripes, as contrasted here on Blunderbuss with blue as a challenge to his past with the White Stripes' red pallet.. These songs are smooth, electric, catchy and manage to capture that old-school blues feeling that some artists fail to seize.
Jack White's debut solo album goes for all the blues influences that he's been putting into his works since he started with The White Stripes and cranks it up to eleven! Unlike the Stripes, however, "Blunderbuss" isn't interesting, energetic or hooky enough to sustain its 41-minute runtime.

Fav Tracks: Sixteen Saltines, Love Interruption, Freedom At 21, Weep Themselves To Sleep, Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy, Take Me With You When You Go, On And On And On

Least Fav Track: Trash Tongue ... read more
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Track List

  1. Missing Pieces 
  2. Sixteen Saltines 
  3. Freedom at 21 
  4. Love Interruption 
  5. Blunderbuss 
  6. Hypocritical Kiss 
  7. Weep Themselves to Sleep 
  8. I'm Shakin' 
  9. Trash Tongue Talker 
  10. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy 
  11. I Guess I Should Go to Sleep 
  12. On And On And On 
  13. Take Me With You When You Go
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Added on: January 30, 2012