Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

Jack White - Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
September 9, 2016 / Release Date
Compilation / Format
Third Man / Label
Jack White / Producer / Website
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For a guy who’s spent most of the 18 years this compilation spans dogmatically adhering to self-imposed restrictions, there’s a remarkable amount of diversity here – and not a clunker to be found.

Entertainment Weekly

It showcases White as the meticulous and often disarmingly sincere folk/blues songwriter, not the entertainingly mannered rocker.

The Line of Best Fit

What emerges over the course of these two albums are a series of vulnerable, tender numbers that highlight how talented a songwriter White truly is – a trait that gets lost amidst the critical commotion surrounding his increasingly eccentric creative pursuits.

The Guardian

Bared of his pearly king artifice, White’s new pose as a normal human being finds him every bit the painstaking craftsman in this classy compilation.


Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 not only is a strong set of songs but it makes it plain that White has been mining the same territory, finding something new within it for nearly two decades.

Rolling Stone

They slip from blues to country to gospel to Sixties rock and back in a blink, exchanging spontaneity and craft so effortlessly there's no discernible difference between the two.


His songwriting skills are only more apparent when he turns down the volume and lets his music do the talking.


More than just showcasing his tuneful side, Acoustic Recordings is a shrine to White’s self-sufficiency, in both the musical and ideological senses.

A.V. Club

There’s nothing wrong with the actual music ... Acoustic Recordings doesn’t offer much in the way of unheard music.

Consequence of Sound

Examine the details of this collection, and you might find that, yet again, White seeks to reveal some deep-seated aspect of his artistic identity by way of hints through minute details.

Drowned in Sound

When presented as a whole, this anthology feels oddly scattered, elusively concealing any recurring patterns or trajectories.

American Songwriter

Unless you are a White fanatic, the few hard to find selections generally aren’t compelling enough to purchase lots of songs easy to obtain.


(Acoustic Rock)

I am incredibly biased on this rating. I grew up on The White Stripes and Jack White, therefore I love this album by proxy. Some absolutely stunning yet basic guitar work by Jack here, along with simple vocalization. "We're Going To Be Friends" was my absolute favorite song back in the day, and hearing it now is kind of soothing. Little did I know, more than ten years later, I would be sitting at my PC, drinking hot cocoa, and listening to some of my favorite songs in ... read more


Even though I enjoy almost all of the songs on this compilation album, it is way too long and doesn't really add anything new.


Pure masterpiece collection.

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Track List

  1. Sugar Never Tasted So Good
  2. Apple Blossom (Remixed)
  3. I’m Bound to Pack It Up (Remixed)
  4. Hotel Yorba
  5. We’re Going to Be Friends
  6. You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket
  7. It’s True That We Love One Another
  8. Never Far Away
  9. Forever for Her (Is Over for Me)
  10. White Moon
  11. As Ugly as I Seem
  12. City Lights
  13. Honey, We Can’t Afford to Look This Cheap
  14. Effect & Cause
  15. Love Is the Truth (Acoustic Mix)
  16. Top Yourself (Bluegrass Version)
  17. Carolina Drama (Acoustic Mix)
  18. Love Interruption
  19. On and On and On
  20. Machine Gun Silhouette (Acoustic Mix)
  21. Blunderbuss
  22. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy (Alternate Mix)
  23. I Guess I Should Go to Sleep (Alternate Mix)
  24. Just One Drink (Acoustic Mix)
  25. Entitlement
  26. Want and Able
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Added on: August 11, 2016