Lazaretto Jack White
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- 1Three Women03:57
- 3Temporary Ground03:12
- 4Would You Fight For My Love?04:08
- 5High Ball Stepper03:53
- 6Just One Drink02:36
- 7Alone In My Home03:26
- 9That Black Bat Licorice03:50
- 10I Think I Found The Culprit03:49
- 11Want and Able02:34
Info for Lazaretto
Lazaretto is the second studio album by Jack White. It was released on June 10, 2014, through White's own label Third Man Records in association with XL Recordings and Columbia Records. The limited-edition "Ultra" LP features hidden songs, secret grooves and holograms that materialize when the record is being played. Lazaretto was partly inspired by a collection of short stories, poems, and plays White wrote when he was 19 years old and rediscovered years later in his attic. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 138,000 copies in its first week.
Jack White certainly needs no introductions musically and personally, and with his second hugely anticipated studio effort, ‘Lazaretto’, it’ll be sure he doesn’t disappoint. White has been infamous for band feuds, distain for the critics and musicians alike, but he makes his reckless behaviour all worthwhile as he delivers fearless shredding and top class virtuoso. He’s also a man of impeccable taste, with a cool blues rock style and existence.
Typical and indicative to White‘s attitude, when picked through with a fine tooth comb ‘Lazaretto’ thematically presents a sour vibe with bold instrumentals. In ‘Alone In My Home’, White bellows and confirms all ideas that he holds an affinity to solitude, and portrays an obvious distrust of others. He almost resembles a cantankerous old man throughout the album, with honky-tonk tracks and vocals representing his bold resentment and self-righteousness.
Other tracks ‘Lazaretto’ and all instrumental ‘High Ball Stepper’ possess high energy with that raw jazzy feel that White is synonymous with. On ‘The Black Bat Licorice’, lyrics are almost spat rhythmically with contempt and derision. Musically, a jaunty piano keeps the pace and tempo along with powerful riffs. Album closer, ‘Want And Abe’, stands significantly as a slow burner, almost like a pub sing song to be lamented on with friends and to be boasted out after a few.
In a nutshell, White stands influentially as a powerful rock composer, performing artist and writer within the music business. ‘Lazaretto’ dictates just how talented he is, albeit bitter. However, he does this with effortless presentation, and his second solo endeavour gives the portrayal of a man who doesn’t give a shit about anyone’s opinions and is happy to bang out tracks that tell stories of personal feelings and popular culture.
Therefore, ‘Lazaretto’ will appeal to any Jack White. He hasn’t strayed too far from the unknown, and has come back fiercely with a more hyper literate style. Any new listener will instantaneously feel the wrath and edge of his presence, so it’s recommended to go out and grab this album if you want some new sensitive, fresh listening. (Kella Colton)
One of the most admired guitarists of the early 21st century, Jack White helped restore the popularity of punk-blues as the frontman of the White Stripes. Meanwhile, he widened his reach by participating in a range of other projects, including the Raconteurs, the Cold Mountain soundtrack, Loretta Lynn's comeback vehicle Van Lear Rose, the Dead Weather, and a solo career. Although White's nasal voice and loose, fiery guitar delivery were mainstays of the White Stripes' early work, the group branched out as its reputation grew, building upon an initially minimalist sound with elements of metal, backwoods country, pop, and early rock & roll. White followed a similar evolution in his own career, and by the time the White Stripes celebrated the tenth anniversary of their debut album, the frontman had already issued two pop-oriented records with the Raconteurs, starred in several films, collaborated with Electric Six, duetted with Alicia Keys, and produced records for a number of artists.
John Anthony Gillis was born in Detroit on July 9, 1975. The youngest of ten siblings, he began playing drums at an early age and took inspiration from the world-weary blues of Son House and Blind Willie McTell. A fascination with guitar followed in his teenage years. After launching his own upholstery business in Detroit, White began to infiltrate the city's music scene as the drummer for Goober & the Peas, a local cowpunk band that split in 1995. While continuing to play drums for other groups, he crossed paths with a bartender named Meg White, and the two were married in 1996. Jack took Meg's surname, and the pair formed the White Stripes after a Bastille Day jam session showed promising results.
With their color-coded image and raw, punky sound, the White Stripes became a key component of the garage rock revival of the late '90s. In addition to their music, the bandmembers stirred public interest by claiming to be siblings, a declaration that seemed slightly less incestuous when Jack and Meg White divorced in 2000. Despite the split, the White Stripes only grew in popularity as the decade progressed, eventually winning three consecutive Grammy Awards and issuing several platinum-certified albums.
Following the release of Elephant in 2003, Jack White took a break from the group to produce Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose. A critical smash, the album helped endear Lynn to a new generation of fans, thanks in part to White's credibility as a rock artist. He then returned to the White Stripes for the release of Get Behind Me Satan, which saw him expanding his instrumental range with piano and marimba. Shortly thereafter, he launched a concurrent group, the Raconteurs, with friend Brendan Benson and two members of the Greenhornes (who, incidentally, had served as backing musicians on Van Lear Rose). The Raconteurs made their debut with 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers and toured in support of the album, while White publicly stressed that his work in the band should not be seen as a side project or a diversion from the White Stripes. Thus, he began juggling his responsibilities to both groups, partnering with Meg White once again for the White Stripes' 2007 release Icky Thump, before returning to the Raconteurs for 2008's Consolers of the Lonely.
While touring in support of the latter album, White suffered from bronchitis and often lost his voice, prompting singer Alison Mosshart (from the Raconteurs' touring partners the Kills) to climb on-stage and contribute her own vocals. The chemistry between Mosshart and the Raconteurs proved alluring, and the musicians opted to form a separate group named the Dead Weather. With Jack White now handling drums, the band retreated to the studio and recorded an energetic debut, Horehound, in a matter of weeks. Released in 2009, the album was well-received on both sides of the Atlantic, cracking the Top Ten in America and peaking at number 14 in the U.K. Encouraged by such success, the Dead Weather began working on a second album during the fall, with the intention of previewing several new songs during an Australian tour in early 2010. In the meantime, White secured enough free time to appear in a movie -- the guitar-themed It Might Get Loud -- and produce an album for his wife, songwriter Karen Elson.
The first solo outing from White, the bluesy, typically idiosyncratic Blunderbuss, named for a muzzle-loading firearm that was a precursor of the shotgun, arrived on April 24, 2012. It promptly debuted in the American charts at number one, the first White-associated album to do so. Blunderbuss also earned several Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song for "Freedom at 21." White's second solo album, Lazaretto, followed in June 2014, preceded by the single "High Ball Stepper." It debuted at number one on the pop charts and earned positive reviews. The Dead Weather released their third album, Dodge and Burn, in September of 2015, and a year later White released Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, a double-disc compilation of acoustic numbers from his various projects. In April 2017, he dropped a surprise instrumental single called "Battle Cry." A lifelong baseball fan, it was announced that the song would be used as the walk-up music for Detroit Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler, with whom White co-owns the baseball bat company Warstic. In March 2018, the strange, sprawling Boarding House Reach was released, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200. The following year, he was back with the Raconteurs for the group's third album, Help Us Stranger. (Andrew Leahey, AMG)
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