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Fear Of The Dawn

Jack White

Fear Of The Dawn

Fourth solo album and first of two in 2022 from the former The White Stripes leader and Raconteur member

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  1. 9.0 |   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
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  2. 9.0 |   DIY

    Ferociously heavy, wonderfully weird
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  3. 9.0 |   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
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  4. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Is this Jack White’s best album? With De Stiji and White Blood Cells out there, that’s a really tough sell, especially for something as off the wall as this. But it is his most interesting
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Abandonment and outrage feed these hungry songs
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The Nashville-based impresario doubles down on his core creative tenets for an album that’s like nothing he’s done before
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  8. 8.0 |   Spill Magazine

    Winding things up with “Shedding my Velvet”, White brings in the spooky, slow vibes as he sings about shedding an alter-ego for one’s real self. Just like that, this album, which clocks in around the 40-mins mark, is done in all its oddly brilliant glory
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  9. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    White has delivered his best release since 2012's Blunderbuss, and one of the most consistently exciting albums in his 25-year-career
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The most focused and exciting White Solo record yet, a precision-tooled digital reconfiguration of his rock bona fides. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    All in, 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
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    The musician’s sonic experiments have paid off in a nocturnal-set album full of screaming guitars and distorted vocals
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  13. 7.8 |   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
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  14. 7.0 |   Clash

    Packed with nervous energy, its haphazard dash to the finish line is nothing if not fascinating
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  15. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Much of Jack White’s Fear of the Dawn finds the musician acting as a sort of mad scientist
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  16. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Breaks out the riffs and impressionistic songwriting for a distinctive display of bluesy rock that’s sometimes distinctive to a fault
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  17. 7.0 |   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
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  18. 7.0 |   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
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  19. 6.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Massive guitars don’t leave a lot of room for nuance on his latest
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  20. 6.5 |   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
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  21. 6.0 |   NME

    Having only half checked out of 2018 experiment ‘Boarding House Reach’, the former 'Stripe has compromised with an often purposeless follow-up
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  22. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    With collaged guitar lines and Cab Calloway samples, the former White Stripe embraces his experimental side for a bizarre listening experience
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  23. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Even White’s usually thrilling experimental moments are tedious here
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