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Blunderbuss

Jack White

2012

Blunderbuss
Album Summary

Blunderbuss is the debut solo studio album by American musician Jack White. It was released in digital and physical formats beginning April 23, 2012, through Third Man Records, in association with XL Recordings and Columbia Records. Written almost entirely by White, the album was recorded and produced by him at Third Man Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Various musical styles appear throughout, including blues rock, folk, and country soul. The album received positive reviews from music critics, who praised White's ambitious songwriting and often compared the record favorably to his work for the White Stripes. It debuted at number one in five countries and reached the top 10 in ten other countries. It was certified platinum in Canada and gold by record industry trade groups internationally. The album was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, while the single "Freedom at 21" was nominated for Best Rock Song. In addition, the single "I'm Shakin'" received a nomination for Best Rock Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The lead single from Blunderbuss, "Love Interruption", was released on January 30, 2012 via White's website. The single "Sixteen Saltines" was uploaded to White's YouTube channel on March 13, and seven days later, the song was released as the second single via 7-inch vinyl with a cover of U2's "Love Is Blindness" as its B-side. On April 1, Third Man Records released the album's third single, "Freedom at 21", by attaching flexi disc copies of the song to 1000 helium balloons. A music video for the fourth and final single, a cover of Little Willie John's "I'm Shakin'", was released on October 10, and twenty days later, the single was released digitally and via 7-inch vinyl with the B-side "Blues on Two Trees".

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3.43

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Rock

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Thu May 04 2023
5

This is my first time listening to solo Jack White and it's great and it's more White Stripesy music, but it made me realise how important Meg White was for him. It's missing that little piece that made the White Stripes so good. Still great music since Jack White is so talented.

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Mon Aug 07 2023
2

A remember there being buzz for this album back when it was released as the first Jack White solo album. Other than that, it’s not too remarkable. Even then I thought it was just fine. You do not have to listen to this before you die and it does not deserve a place on this list. There are three good songs. I most like the drum and bass line that opens “freedom at 21.” “hip, poor boy“ and “shaken” are nice songs too, but none of them compares to the work Mr. White did with white stripes or any of his other side bands.

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Thu May 04 2023
5

J’ai vraiment aime ca je vais reecoute assure ent, du bon rock blues 5

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Tue Jun 06 2023
5

Easy 5. Great album, easygoing and groovy.

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Tue May 23 2023
5

4.5. Absolutely love this album. Pillar during my last jr high/ early high school days

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Sun Jun 18 2023
5

The beginning of his Blue Period. Every bit as exciting as what he was doing creatively with The White Stripes.

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Mon Jun 26 2023
5

Very cool. Nice piano parts too.

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Fri Jul 07 2023
5

this album is fantastic Jack White kills it

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Tue Aug 08 2023
5

Outstanding. I've never heard this album before yesterday. It really blew me away. It will get repeated listening from me. Road trip music for sure.

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Mon Aug 14 2023
5

If you don't have this on so loud that it is actively giving you tinnitus then you didn't have the volume up high enough.

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Wed Aug 16 2023
5

Cool as hell, really moody stuff at times but has so much depth and variety. Brilliant stuff

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Thu Aug 31 2023
5

I'm starting to think this site is run by Jack White, given the frequency we see his stuff at. Anyway, good stuff as usual from Mr. W. I particularly like the skittering guitar solo (duo?) in Weep Themselves to Sleep

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Fri Sep 15 2023
5

I really like Jack White, but I'm not sure I ever listened to an entire album front to back. I was missing out. This is an impressive debut album where he builds on the new(ish) sound of the White Stripes but also solidifies himself as a solo talent, visionary, and perfectionist. It's really, really good.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
5

I was pleasently surprised with this one. When the iconic Sixteen Saltines came on I thought I was on a ride through a White Stripes album but as it played further I was left with a bunch of really good Folk/Country/Rock songs wotch was a nice switch of pace. Jack White is criminally underated. I might even dare say it's a White Stripes album if Elton John produces it. And that's a compliment. Weep Themselves to Sleep express this feeling the best. The mix of all those different genres are amazing. Truly a record that everybody jeeds to hear at least once.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
5

Not my kind of music 5stars for it anyway

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Fri Sep 29 2023
5

So, I guess with Meg out of the picture, Jack felt he could experiment more, since their sound had been defined by their two instruments. The opening track, with the Rhodes piano up-front, is great starter. “Sixteen Saltines” with its big guitar is a bit of a return to the rockier White Stripes sound and the more accessible sounds of the next few tracks no doubt led to the album going platinum in Canada and gold other countries. My favourites are the less-played songs that follow the LP’s one cover, “I’m Shaking” (if you’re going to play only one cover, that’s a good choice). They’re more eclectic and borrow from different styles, Progressive Folk, Country Rock with a focus on lyrics, structure, and diverse instruments, reaffirming his departure from The White Stripes sound. This reminds me a bit of Arctic Monkeys singer, Alex Turner going off and forming Last Shadow Puppets to experiment with different styles with positive results. Like Turner, Jack’s song-writing is great, as are the arrangements. He’s one of the great new(ish) talents out there.

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Mon Oct 02 2023
5

He's a bit pretentious, but Jack rocks. Love the variety of styles and instrumentation. This is pretty much a perfect album. Easy 5.

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Tue Oct 17 2023
5

A perfectly executed blues rock album. Up and down blues meets thoughtful composition and expert instrumentation. Loved this despite usually eye rolling at the thought of Jack white

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

Juvenile lyrics, solid blues!

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

I love Jack White and this has that classic Jack white feel. I was going to go with 4* but then thought better of it.

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Thu Oct 26 2023
5

No misses, went by very quickly and smoothly, enjoyed it a lot.

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Mon Nov 13 2023
5

It’s Jack White, awesome album!!!

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Tue Nov 14 2023
5

Listened to this stuck at a train station

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

Great album, honestly don't think there's a bad song on, I don't love all of them, but the overall quality is undeniable, with Jack White's particular sensibilities easily heard all the way through.

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Sat Dec 16 2023
5

I love Jack white and this album is great.

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Mon Dec 18 2023
5

One of my favourite artists, with his solo debut, was always going to score highly. I'm not 100% sure it deserves full marks, but I'm damn sure that's what it is getting. He has such power to create a vision or a world, especially here where he doesn't need to compromise even a little. Some tracks are fairly raw, and great, and others have had a bit more production put into them, and are also great!

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Wed Dec 27 2023
5

Love this album start to finish, already on my full album listening rota. 5/5

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Sun Jan 07 2024
5

This was a really great blues rock album from Jack White. I already had an album from The White Stripes and that was pretty good as well, but I honestly think this was way better. I enjoyed almost every tracks and will definitely listen to it again. I highly recommend this album, especially for fans of rock music! Favorite Song(s): "Missing Pieces", "Sixteen Saltines", "Freedom at 21", "Love Interruption", "Blunderbuss"

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Tue Jan 16 2024
5

Love it when an album I already know shows up. Jack White is the exact right mix of real weird and insanely talented.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

I loved this! It made me want to see Jack White live and listen to more of his music. What a talent

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Mon Jan 22 2024
5

I’ve never really delved into Jack White and I don’t know why. He’s really good. This music makes me feel like there’s an army of history and influences behind it.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

One of my favorite albums by one of my favorite artists.

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Tue Jan 30 2024
5

Amazing debut solo album. It stands apart from the White Stripes, but had the same flavor. It's only fault it's being outshined by Lazaretto. I haven't really revisited this album since then. It has held up and is still a neat perfect album in my opinion.

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Tue Jan 30 2024
5

Jack has all sorts of projects out there. He keeps rock alive.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

Großartig Alternative Rock Album

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Sat Feb 24 2024
5

Great use of Instruments and background voice work

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Sun Apr 23 2023
4

It's more interesting than most blues rock. It's a conundrum... Workingbwith lots of different musicians means this has a far greater sonic pallette than the White Stripes. However, it loses some of that monomaniacal drive that made the White Stripes so good. It's different, and it has both benefits and issues. It is a good album though, maybe two tracks too long

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Fri Apr 28 2023
4

Some surprisingly cool songs on here. Nice!

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Fri May 05 2023
4

Ik vind vooral de stukken waar de dames meezingen leuk. De rest eigenlijk ook.

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Sat May 06 2023
4

This album was great jack white has an awesome voice

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Sun May 07 2023
4

Really good, more than just a one band wonder with White Stripes.

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Sun May 07 2023
4

Actually brilliantly enjoyable album. Not listen to any of his work before but I was on the line to giving this 5. So much variety in the songs but all them hit so well. Great voice great sound

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Tue May 09 2023
4

Much better than white stripes?

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Wed May 10 2023
4

A slicker, beefier, and better White Stripes. Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: Sixteen Saltines Date listened: 09/05/23

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Mon May 15 2023
4

Sorry Meg this is my favorite Jack white project

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Tue May 16 2023
4

"Blunderbluss" is the debut solo album by American musician Jack White. The album was written, recorded and produced by Jack at Third Man Studio in Nashville. He started the songs with musicians who became available at Third Man when RZA's recording was canceled. Jack used various production styles, an all male band and an all female band and recorded different versions of the songs. The musical styles are blues rock, folk, jazz and country soul. Lyrics deal with death, loss and collapsing relationships...lots on relationships. The album was mostly well received by critics. An piano and a jazzy beat starts off "Missing Pieces." Of couse, there's guitar. Interesting lyrics as he compares loss of body parts to the give and take of a relationship. No, we did not go totally away from The White Stripes as Jack crunches those chords in "Sixteen Salines." The struggles of a former lover. Hey, there's a weird drum pattern and Jack rapping in "21 Freedom." He's got kind of a 60's melodic guitar which goes harder. The first single. "Love Interuption" has an acoustic guitar, a wurlitzer electronic piano and great backing vocals. A mid-tempo soulful song. Violent acts of love as a form of self-discipline? Jack kind of lighten things up with his cover of "Shakin.'" He goes R&B and kind of groovy. The album ends with "Take Me With You When You Go." Funky, jazzy. Overlayered rhythm and lead guitars. This is a real good album; it's been a few years since I had listen to this. Probably, the way you want to go solo after a successful band: No garage rock, a lot of songs not guitar led or at least in combo with some other instruments and variety of styles. This is my favorite of his solo albums.

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Thu May 18 2023
4

This album makes me think that maybe Meg tends to rein him in a bit. Great stuff overall. Best track: Love Interruption

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Sat May 20 2023
4

Like his stuff in the white stripes more but still good. Extra star for being from Michigan

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Mon May 22 2023
4

I vaguely remember listening to this when it came out as I didn't mind the white stripes (not my fav band but hey). But I also vaguely remember being bored. Some of it is white stripes goodness, but some of it is artsy-fartsy, indulgent nonsense. I guess I could say it's experimental - Jack White is a fucking talented guy and when he's on, he's really ON. If I ignore the meandering indulgent bits towards the end, it's a pretty damn good album. 4/5.

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Tue May 23 2023
4

listened to again it's impossible to not love jack white, i credit him and annie clark for making the guitar cool again

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Thu May 25 2023
4

This is a COOL album. Jack White I’ve always found to be a little odd but what a cool vibe that put a modern spin on some classic 70s rock.

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Thu May 25 2023
4

What a weird but also surprisingly good album. There was a lot of variety which sometimes turns me off to an album but these songs all seemed to work well together.

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Thu May 25 2023
4

Every Jack White album that's come up, I've enjoyed! Impressive variety that he nails each time despite the range of styles

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Mon May 29 2023
4

Jack's playing and melodies incredible. One of the best musicians ever, and this album does not disappoint.

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Wed May 31 2023
4

Rento ja tyylikäs. Oli uus levytuttavuus. 3,5 tähtee… melkein pakko ylöspäin pyöristää

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Thu Jun 08 2023
4

I did not know this was the white stripes guy! I was super impressed with the guitar sound and the keys were amazing as well. As a piano player I definitely smiled when I heard the keys come in mostly on the second half of the album.

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Mon Jun 12 2023
4

Decent stuff, though it feels a bit behind the curve considering this came out in 2012. 7/10

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Mon Jun 12 2023
4

8/10. Always skeptical when this list throws me a 2010's album from an artist past their peak, but every once in a while they turn out to be pretty good.

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Wed Jun 14 2023
4

An artist I like playing songs of a style I like should be perfect. However, it's not, and I don't know why. It's very good, but not perfect as I was expecting.

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Fri Jun 16 2023
4

Good, although it lacks something that Jack nailed in the White Stripes typically.

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Fri Jun 16 2023
4

Jack White always brings a certain style and swagger that just works for me, and hearing a more free expression of sound compared to White Stripes was nice (even if it did drag a tad by the end).

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Sun Jun 18 2023
4

Strong solo debut. DNA of The White Stripes here of course, but a bit more stripped down. Heard many of the hits but nice to hear the others.

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Sun Jun 18 2023
4

This is a very good, well written album. I am a huge Jack White fan, and this is one of the vinyl records in my small collection. What keeps me from thinking of this as a "great" album is simply the comparison between this and many of his other excellent records with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather. There are several albums of his that I return to before this one, even including his subsequent solo albums which continue to get better. But I do enjoy this album, and there are no duds, which is always an impressive feat for any artist.

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Mon Jun 19 2023
4

Jack White’s output since the White Stripes ended has been a number of things; prolific, eccentric, inconsistent. But this album captures lightening in a bottle to some extent and finds White at a personal and professional turning point where he demonstrates so many of the talents that he uniquely possesses without Meg White at his side. He is a fantastic songwriter, band leader, and guitar virtuoso - all on display on this album. I had almost forgotten, and couldn’t believe this album is 10+ years old, that this album was this good. Part of me feels an odd comfort knowing that Jack White is out there in the musicsphere continuing to make music even if it’s just for himself to enjoy.

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Mon Jun 26 2023
4

Vet album van Jack White, maar niet per se onmisbaar in de lijst, naast The White Stripes.

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Thu Jun 29 2023
4

I'm a big White Stripes fan but strangely enough I've never gotten into Jack White's solo work or his work with other bands. I remember listening to a couple of Raconteurs albums but they didn't connect with me like the White Stripes did. However, I don't believe I've ever listened to any of his solo albums, so I'm really glad to have this album come up today. The sound of this album is more similar to the White Stripes than his Raconteurs work. Definitely will listen to this more and also his other solo work. 4 stars. Just an interesting little side note. Reading about Jack White on his Wikipedia page I learned that his first rock band experience was as the drummer for a group called Goober and the Peas. I actually saw Goober and the Peas at least a couple of times back in the day. They were pretty big in the local Detroit area music scene for a while. I had no idea until today that he was in that band.

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Sat Jul 01 2023
4

Excellent indie rock album. Jack White is a hook machine. Though is uniqueness does become a bit repetitive.

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Sun Jul 02 2023
4

I like the style, a slightly heavier alternative maybe with some blues influence. But the mood created by the vocals and the lyrics is a bit too dreary.

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Mon Jul 10 2023
4

This is another case of an artist who I like the vibe of, but the songs all kinds blur together. Also Blunderbuss the song really wants to be Isis by Dylan. Still it's a pretty good jam in the whole.

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Tue Jul 11 2023
4

Meer piano dan ik verwachtte. Wel een goed album

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Sat Jul 15 2023
4

Honkey-tonkey-punky-rockin-and-rollin-singin the blues. Great fun, upbeat album.

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Tue Jul 18 2023
4

Actually thought this was pretty cool. I haven’t really gone deep into Jack White but it had a good energy, and you gotta respect a good fuzz guitar.

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Tue Jul 25 2023
4

really cool instrumentation, if the lyrics were even a little bit better this would be a 5, but they’re just not particularly good

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