by Jack White

Released on XL Recordings

On Jack White’s second solo album he’s somewhere between all his previous efforts with The White Stripes, The Racounteurs, The Dead Weather and his endless collaborations.

'High Ball Stepper' has the thrashing guitar of The Dead Weather, 'That Black Bat Licorice' has all the messy arrangement and forceful blues of a Raconteurs song, and the cover of Blind Willie McTell’s 'Three Women' brings out the original’s Americana and transforms it into the brazen country rock that decorated many White Stripes tracks. 

But through the familiar sound of Hammond Organs, clenched guitar solos, and plucky mandolin he’s made an album that gives him more artistic license and freedom. 

The next time you’re stuck in a saloon brawl, stick on Lazaretto; Jack White at his purest just feels right as you smash a stool over a poker player’s head.

by Chris hmv Cambridge