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Boarding House Reach

Jack White

Boarding House Reach

Third solo album from the former The White Stripes leader and Raconteur member featuring contributions from CW Stoneking, Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary.

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    White's third album is a wild, wild ride - and we're fully on board
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  2. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Detroit's blues-rock analog kid Jack White releases the messiest, weirdest, most ambitious album of his career with Boarding House Reach
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  3. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    In many ways, this is as radical, experimental and mind-expanding of a pop album as you’re likely to hear anytime soon, let alone by a festival headlining artist
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘Boarding House Reach’ is easily one of the most layered and compelling releases of 2018, which furthers White’s legacy as one of the few remaining mavericks in music
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    There's nothing here likely to be adopted as a stadium chant, but in its tethered imagination, Boarding House Reach is the most surprising and eccentric record White's made. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Sonic experiments with riffs big enough to burst dams
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Boarding House Reach is easily his most “produced” album, though it’s far from a smooth listening experience
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    Jack is and always has been a true weirdo with a brain that operates like no other. And here, he’s on gloriously eccentric form
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  9. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Boarding House Reach is a firm fuck you to complacent, screen-staring, Trump-submitting America, its social media–based icons and neatly-packaged pop songs about cars and pills
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  10. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    White’s reverence for classic music of the past is still a big part of who is he here; he’s just shifting focus with a more manic and multi-faceted approach. That’s not weird. That’s smart
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  11. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Ends up as an astonishing snapshot of a notoriously persnickety creator, exploring the ultimate aesthetic contradiction: forcing himself to be more free
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  12. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    His first true departure, and the unfamiliarity is at once a challenge to absorb and also a fascinating turnabout from an artist who is demonstrating that he is more willing—and able—than most to subvert the expectations he’s created for himself
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  13. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Jack White seems to be wrestling with the question on Boarding House Reach – a messy, sprawling, daffy, howling set that sounds spiritually hungry, collectively driven and, instructively, a little bit lost
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  14. 7.0 |   All Music

    A fascinating listen, because it's a document of a control freak anxious to get loose
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  15. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Jack White may not be as relevant as he once was, but his ambition is still just as strong, twenty years on. That's more than most can say
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  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Given that White is a generation-defining musician 20 years into his career — and particularly considering the staunch minimalism he used to be known for — it's exciting to hear him indulge in a creative free-for-all
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  17. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Messy, uneven, and at times unlistenable, the album's sheer audacity makes it utterly intriguing
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  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

    There is much that thrills and carries the kinetic charge of an artist redrawing his frontiers. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Digital effects, spoken-word, a brave attempt at rapping … after two decades of uptight indie, White has loosened his artistic shackles and seems to be having fun
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  20. 6.0 |   The Independent

    There’s an ever-present feel of the extempore about these tracks, which sometimes seem to succeed through sheer persistence, and sometimes struggle to coalesce into something worthwhile
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  21. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    As long as Jack White has the will and the temperament to try new things, there’ll be something worth listening to
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  22. 6.0 |   Record Collector

    You can’t escape the feeling it’s all rather like a fairground ride taken after too much fizzy pop and a long queue
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  23. 6.0 |   NOW

    The record contains a multitude of sounds. White’s yelps and screams, reverb, synth and jittery guitar riffs could be more pleasant or cohesive, but that’s not White’s style, especially not on this record
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  24. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Whether you love or hate Boarding House Reach, one thing is obvious, it is not boring
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  25. 5.2 |   Earbuddy

    His determination to experiment so much results in the album being a non-cohesive mess
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  26. 4.7 |   Pitchfork

    With the joy and wit all but absent from his songwriting, Jack White’s third solo album becomes a long, bewildering slog
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  27. 4.5 |   Under The Radar

    Like a child let loose in a candy store, he has eaten way more than his fill and vomited all over the floor
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  28. 4.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s not that this is a terrible album, but just a rather unwelcoming one.
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  29. 4.0 |   The FT

    Chewy basslines, double-tracked vocals and inventive guitar solos — but the songs are skittish
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  30. 3.7 |   Spectrum Culture

    Boarding House Reach is just crazy enough to make it work
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  31. 3.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Frankly, you wish he’d just write a few more decent songs first because this record is often so frantic, that all of the songs become a blur with very few standouts
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