Artist: Jack White
Last Release: Blunderbuss
Why Buy it: White’s densest and most ambitious record to date, Lazaretto is one album that you don’t want to miss. Combining elements of pedal steel and violin driven country, garage rock blues riffs, and White’s typical curmudgeon quips, Lazaretto is a jigsaw puzzle that somehow manages to comes together. It’s a modern homage to Americana music with a twist. The first track, Three Women, is a driving acidic update of blues master Blind Willie McTell’s 1928 song. From just the first notes of this song it is clear that White is at the top of his eclectic game. The title track, Lazaretto, and instrumental High-Ball Stepper are the tracks most reminiscent of White’s days in the White Stripes but host a denser arrangement than that of the White Stripes output. Lazaretto is an indulgent record, but in the best possible sense of the word. It’s a record that combines a wide variety of elements into an original cohesive unit; one that breathes fresh air into an industry saturated with stale, recycled products for the masses.
Download this: The whole album, you instant-gratification seeking sheep you.