I'm not sure exactly what it was that possessed me to agree to reviewing the new Jack White album. This quirky fellow who got famous during the beginning of the 00's with The White Stripes and there was something about the odd, bluesy indie rock that kind of caught my attention, and then again not really. I loved what White did with Another Way To Die for the 'Quantum of Solace' flick together with Alicia Keys, and perhaps that's what made me dig into a scrutiny of this latest offering by the American composer/singer/guitarist/pianist etc who, by the way, is playing the Roskilde Festival here in Denmark this very Sunday evening. But since it's got nothing to do with metal, I'll keep it as short as possible.
It's indisputable that White can write music. And it grooves too. Whether you like it or not. And for those of us who are old farts who like their Led Zeppelin, there's material on this album that reminds us of those fossils of rock. Actually, the funny thing is that the title track reminds me of Rage Against The Machine. White uses some of the same
rhythmic patterns that were so typical for Morello and his crew, not as aggressive as they'd be, but still, it reminds me a lot of them - which is a pleasant surprise by any means.
On the whole, there's a thousand references to sixties and seventies music in particular - as well as country elements (the tune Temporary Ground is a beautiful song which features someone who sounds a bit like Dolly Parton, but I have no clue who the woman is) on 'Lazaretto', and it's all in all a wonderful album if you have one of those days where you don't a full-on, all-day dose of metal, but crave a different take on rock. Enjoyable stuff.