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Blunderbuss

Jack White

Blunderbuss

The former White Stripe, Racontuer and Dead Weather-man releases his first solo collection of fuzzed up blues

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8.0

Label
XL
UK Release date
23/04/2012
US Release date
08/05/2012
  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    It's remarkable how genuinely expansive and roomy Blunderbuss sounds, as if White has given his entire house a thorough spring-clean, sweeping out the cobwebs and chucking out the trash. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Blunderbuss crackles with life and energy, hauling roots rock out of the dusty museum and into the dazzling light of the modern day
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  3. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Blunderbuss is White at his most strange, contradictory and unfathomable, and therefore at his best
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  4. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    This is simply superlative rock music
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  5. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Blunderbuss, so effortless and confident, is a breakthrough for the tightly wound White. It radiates a sense of newfound liberation. Blunderbuss is outstanding, White’s finest and most consistent work to date
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  6. 10.0 |   Art Rocker

    White as a dood in a good mood, and this accessibly human record suits him to the bone
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  7. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    As Dylan did on Blood on the Tracks, he turns personal despair into grand mythology, and while the results are often ugly, they’re deeply felt and totally bracing
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  8. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Among the best records to carry White’s name
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  9. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    White’s talent is no secret, but here he demonstrates an ambition that makes the White Stripes’ work look positively cloistered by comparison
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  10. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Blunderbuss gets stranger and more fascinating the closer you listen. It doesn't give up any of the man's secrets. And make no mistake: That's exactly how Jack White wants it
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  11. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Blunderbuss is a hell of a thing. Lovelorn, honest, poignant and emotional in the best way imaginable
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  12. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    These songs exude deep, bitter disappointment. The romanticism of old has been replaced by a reality as cold as the album cover’s frigid blue hue
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  13. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This is a hard, dark, inventive record that strongly suggests that give or take an imaginary sister and some fiddles, Jack White is pretty much the same boy we've always know
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  14. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    White’s still an enigma, and so is Blunderbuss, its mysteries unfolding in odd ways when you least expect it. Kind of like White’s career, come to think of it
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  15. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    A record that can both shake your foundations and lull you gently, Blunderbuss is perfect for previous fans of Jack White’s work and those who are just discovering him
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  16. 8.0 |   DIY

    There's no avoiding the fact 'Blunderbuss' is an album for those already long inducted into the church of Jack White. Those unconvinced by his particular tones will find little, if anything, to change their minds
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  17. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Fans of his previous projects will feel like they already know this record upon first listen. Ballsy, bluesy brilliance
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  18. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    Others may mourn the passing of The White Stripes and hanker for the old days but, as this album testifies, White has no difficulty in shedding his skin and moving on in his own casually brilliant way
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  19. 8.0 |   Spin

    If Blunderbuss seems lacking in urgency, it's only because White knows how much more there is where that came from
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  20. 8.0 |   The Independent

    These are songs of ruthless temptresses and treacherous men, of uncontrollable desire and unbearable guilt
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  21. 8.0 |   Clash

    Driven by demons and fired by fury, ‘Blunderbuss’ is a turbulent insight into one man’s wrath - but it rocks. hard. Sorry Jack, but your pain is ultimately our gain
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  22. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Less a grand unmasking than a smooth progression from what has gone before
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  23. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Yet another reliably great outing, full of intriguing plot developments, yet in faithful keeping with White's previous output.
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  24. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Blunderbuss does, at times, approach his finest work. But it doesn't do anything he hasn't already done
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  25. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's a surly, spiky piece of work, on which the few shafts of sweetness are soon soured with guilt, recrimination and reproach
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  26. 8.0 |   NME

    His most candid and personal record yet
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  27. 8.0 |   BBC

    While this isn't a major musical reinvention, it certainly develops his trademark synthesis of stripped-back garage-rock and Americana
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  28. 8.0 |   Q

    It delivers a concentrated shot of charisma, undiluted and intoxicating. Print edition only

  29. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Blunderbuss is Jack White’s greatest recording, overshadowing much of the White Stripes career; it’s musically accomplished, traditional and emotive. That said, it’s far from prefect as its reliance of mellow club blues belittles the forward-looking nature of the album’s masterstrokes
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  30. 8.0 |   All Music

    Blunderbuss plays so sweetly, its melodies easing into memory and its surface warm and pleasant
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  31. 8.0 |   State

    The guy is one of the busiest and focused musicians around today, and this album is a convincing testimony of that
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  32. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    It goes without saying that any fan of White's will devour this record with glee, but the yet-to-be-converted could do worse than make this record their introduction to all things White. A must listen
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  33. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    As a treatise on loss and its schizophrenic aftermath, Blunderbuss is a purposeful success
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  34. 7.0 |   Bowlegs

    You can hear the influences, from Zeppelin to Chuck Berry to Muddy Waters, but White’s voice is just as distinct and his passion has never been in question
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  35. 7.0 |   AU Magazine

    As his career contorts into yet another phase, this Jack needs to, once more, master another musical trade. Blunderbuss is a good album – but being good is not enough for Jack White III
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  36. 7.0 |   The Fly

    Weaknesses are diminished by moments of sheer greatness
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  37. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Satisfying, but not astoundingly progressive
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  38. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    He’s a little scatterbrained on Blunderbuss, as if he’s still shaking up his past to move forward into the future, and as a result, Jack White represents everything Jack White has already accomplished
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  39. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Sees White strip away most of his the guitar virtuosity that made so many of us notice him almost a decade (or more!) ago in favor of letting his wide variety of influences and his love for numerous genres show
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  40. 7.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Repeat listens reveal a solid record
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  41. 7.0 |   Blurt

    Blunderbuss is good, damn good, and its' few missteps unthinking. Those solo baby steps are hell
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  42. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Blunderbuss has all the stomp and sway of his best records, but also the unevenness that plagues him to varying degrees
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  43. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Blunderbuss still pounds the stripped-down blues rock trail. It's true there are more diversions along the way, but this is more evolution than revolution
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  44. 6.0 |   Pop Matters

    A confused little record that wants to be two things at once: a pointed statement about about the pains of a breakup and a collection of songs that are both daring and wacky and eccentric all at once
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  45. 5.5 |   hhv.de mag

    The only song still encouraging us to tear our living rooms apart is Sixteen Saltines – the other songs can then be listened to while calmly cleaning up the mess
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