Albums Of The Year So Far (pt.3): Featuring Ian Siegal, Joanne Shaw Taylor, GravelRoad, Jack White and more…
1. Jack White – Blunderbuss (XL/Third Man)
Rewind to 2001 and White Blood Cells felt like a starting-pistol for garage-blues, but in recent times, Jack White has seemed like a man with countless rainy-day projects and no raison d’être.
Released in April, Blunderbuss felt like vindication for his decision to bury the White Stripes. Admittedly, it’s clinging to the blues by the fingernails, but perhaps that’s what makes it so magnetic; from the shrieked falsetto of Sixteen Saltines to the lap-steel lilt of the title track and honky-tonk Stonesy bounce of Trash Tongue Talker, there’s no guessing where he’ll go next.
For most guitar heroes, the solo career is the de facto end of the road. I suspect that for White, this is where it gets really interesting.
Coming tomorrow: Scott Rowley chooses his Top Five Albums Of The Year So Far.