Wednesday, 26 December 2012

20 Best Albums of 2012: #14

14. Jack White, Blunderbuss
Blunderbuss finds Jack White shooting from the hip. The album is replete with visceral narratives; “Missing Pieces” has White discovering his nose is broken, and “Freedom at 21” positively seethes with anger. White spends much of Blunderbuss declaring himself to be the man wronged, but the album is often preoccupied with self-doubt as well. Moments within songs when White lets his guard down are frequently the most interesting parts of Blunderbuss; the title track, which is at once a romantic ballad and a jaded reminiscence, strikes a nice balance between the two moods. It's an album that's a little bit at odds with itself, but this makes it all the more compelling.

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