Fear of the Dawn

Jack White - Fear of the Dawn
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2022 Ratings: #484 / 797
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Based on 960 ratings
2022 Ratings: #308
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
American Songwriter
The vibrant, caffeinated production and pulsating sonics help these performances explode with dollops of the frazzled charm, roaring intensity, and sheer musicality we expect from a Jack White project.
90
DIY

Jack has given himself space to make something ferociously heavy, wonderfully weird - and gloriously immediate.

90
PopMatters

Fear of the Dawn is an intense aural barrage of rock from start to finish and may very well be Jack White’s finest solo output to date.

85
Under The Radar
He’s like a kid discovering the various sound effects on his new Casio keyboard: he simply can’t resist trying them all.
80
The Observer
The Nashville-based impresario doubles down on his core creative tenets for an album that’s like nothing he’s done before.
80
Northern Transmissions

Fear of the Dawn album is not easy. But uneasy does not mean unpleasant. If you might keep in mind that it covers a lot of ground to see how far it can go in a short period of time, as is standard with Jack White, you'll enjoy it.

80
Exclaim!

By splitting his 2022 albums into two distinct projects and saving his quieter material for Entering Heaven Alive, White has delivered his best release since 2012's Blunderbuss, and one of the most consistently exciting albums in his 25-year-career.

80
Blabbermouth.net

"Fear of the Dawn" is proof that rock 'n' roll and hard rock, in spite of the prevalence of other popular music styles and the lackluster nature of contemporary active rock, is in good hands when the torch is carried by the likes of Jack White.

80
The Arts Desk
Abandonment and outrage feed these hungry songs.
80
Mojo
The most focused and exciting White solo record yet, a precision-tooled digital reconfiguration of his rock bona fides.
80
AllMusic

Fear of the Dawn isn't often a pleasant listen, but it wasn't meant to be: it's a dark adventure, an album designed to provoke and stoke fears, not to soothe them.

80
Spill Magazine
Just like that, this album, which clocks in around the 40-mins mark, is done in all its oddly brilliant glory.
78
Spectrum Culture
Taken as discrete pieces, each songs provides its own twisted pleasure, but over the course of the album they congeal into an idiosyncratic expression of jittery anxiety.
75
Entertainment Weekly

Detroit native Jack White doesn't have much use for finer plot points on Fear of the Dawn, a record that stomps in on a wave of pinwheeling riffs and raw energy, and pretty much stays there for the next 40 minutes.

70
Albumism
Jack White’s apotheosis may be in the past, but a decade on from the launch of his solo career, he’s still capable of a stirring forty minutes.
70
Slant Magazine

Much of Jack White’s Fear of the Dawn finds the musician acting as a sort of mad scientist.

70
musicOMH

There is little filter on the creativity here as White’s legacy allows him to explore and indulge odd ideas, but it could do with some productive channelling. Hence Fear Of The Dawn ends up a partially enjoyable but partially frustrating listen.

70
The Needle Drop

Jack White's keeping it strange on Fear of the Dawn.

70
Uncut

Fear Of The Dawn succeeds better when it surprises.

70
No Ripcord

There's a fluidity and looseness to White's approach on Fear of the Dawn, giving the impression he's having a good time kicking it with his buds in his garage.

70
Clash
An intriguing if not fully formed experiment, ‘Fear Of The Dawn’ is a defiantly un-Jack White statement, transgressing his role as a traditionalist in favour of something less logical. Packed with nervous energy, its haphazard dash to the finish line is nothing if not fascinating.
70
The Young Folks

On a larger scale, Fear Of The Dawn is not an easy listen. But this does not mean it is not pleasant. White has certainly tried to rasp his experimental tendencies to meet the desires of his audience halfway.

70
Classic Rock

On Fear Of The Dawn his foot spends plenty of time flat on the fuzz pedal.

65
Pitchfork
On his first of two solo albums planned for this year, Jack White earns his eccentricity. An illogical fusion of blues-rock and carnival prog, this music is genuinely, imaginatively weird.
65
Paste
Massive guitars don’t leave a lot of room for nuance on his latest.
60
NME
Having only half checked out of 2018 experiment ‘Boarding House Reach’, the former 'Stripe has compromised with an often purposeless follow-up.
50
Rolling Stone
With collaged guitar lines and Cab Calloway samples, the former White Stripe embraces his experimental side for a bizarre listening experience.
40
The Independent
His signature waspish guitar buzz has none of its usual frenzied attack; single “Hi De Ho”, an attempt at a tribute to American jazz singer Cab Calloway, lacks his ingenuity.
BaddieBaphomet
80

God, that album art is terrible.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not really familiar with Jack White’s work. Yes I’ve heard a bunch of the bigger songs that The White Stripes released, and I’ve loved all of them, and I’m fairly certain whenever I do look into the band’s back catalogue I’ll say they were one of the greats, but honestly it’s a lot easier for me to keep up with new albums as they release than to take a dive backward into an ... read more

Music_Nerds
78

Innovative and dynamic both in guitar sounds and production, Taking Me Back gives the whammy pedal and drum samples a slamming workout and the title track keeps that momentum hot as it crashes in without taking a breath.
******THANKS AOTY FOR THE 800 FOLLOWERS*******
The White Raven pulses with electro guitar EQ and punches out with fuzzy and spooky moments and four-to-the floor energy before fading away gently underneath the surface of Hi-De-Ho in all of it’s world music glory, this ... read more

Davibitt1234
82

'Fear Of The Dawn' é o primeiro disco que escuto de Jack White e fui introduzido ao seu trabalho artístico de ótima maneira por um álbum em que a experiência de escutá-lo é bastante divertida. A produção foi o que mais me chamou atenção no registro, que se destaca pela forma surpreendente que utiliza de seus elementos, em especial, das guitarras, além do experimentalismo que Jack White, o qual produziu todas as ... read more

Reddison
75

I had to be generous because I hate Enter Heaven Alive

62

I like some of the experimentation and ideas on this album, but some of them just fall flat.

Favorites: Taking Me Back, Eosophobia
Least Favorite: Hi-De-Ho

76

Jack White's keeping it strange on Fear of the Dawn.

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Added on: November 11, 2021