11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Lazaretto roars to action with the sweltering, Hammond-driven rocker “Three Women,” Jack White is on familiar terrain, unleashing a supercharged, garagey blues riff that’s as archetypal as the theme. But when the “red, blonde, and brunette” ladies in question appear in a “digital photograph,” the anachronism is a striking reminder of White’s gift for recasting classic musical elements in arrestingly modern contexts. There are plenty of such moments on Lazaretto, like when the title track’s heavy bass rumble is augmented with a squall of 8-bit Atari noise and a vaguely Appalachian fiddle solo. Throughout, White’s brand of heated, high-powered blues-rock dominates, but he mixes things up with breezy, country-inflected charmers (“Temporary Ground”, “Entitlement”) and eerie, would-be spaghetti western themes (“Would You Fight for My Love?” “I Think I Found the Culprit”). The album’s best tracks, like “Alone in My Home” and “Just One Drink,” combine all of the above in a heady, hot-blooded, hook-oriented package.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Lazaretto roars to action with the sweltering, Hammond-driven rocker “Three Women,” Jack White is on familiar terrain, unleashing a supercharged, garagey blues riff that’s as archetypal as the theme. But when the “red, blonde, and brunette” ladies in question appear in a “digital photograph,” the anachronism is a striking reminder of White’s gift for recasting classic musical elements in arrestingly modern contexts. There are plenty of such moments on Lazaretto, like when the title track’s heavy bass rumble is augmented with a squall of 8-bit Atari noise and a vaguely Appalachian fiddle solo. Throughout, White’s brand of heated, high-powered blues-rock dominates, but he mixes things up with breezy, country-inflected charmers (“Temporary Ground”, “Entitlement”) and eerie, would-be spaghetti western themes (“Would You Fight for My Love?” “I Think I Found the Culprit”). The album’s best tracks, like “Alone in My Home” and “Just One Drink,” combine all of the above in a heady, hot-blooded, hook-oriented package.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

MTS333 ,

WOW!

If this is any indication of how the rest of the album will be I think we’re all in for a big treat! Gotta love Jack, never sold out, he just keeps doing what he does!!

Martin D-16GT ,

Where would rock be without Jack White ...

Are there any current rock guitarists' who bring it like Jack White? Not even close. It's as if every single rock band forgot that there's this thing called a gain pedal … Not Jack White … Bring it Jack … turn up that chainsaw and shred it … Oh where would rock be without you …

Chinupbuttercup ,

Heck yessss.

By the sound of "High Ball Stepper", I can already tell that this will be EPIC.

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