Listen to a stream of Jack White’s solo debut ‘Blunderbuss’
Jack White’s solo debut, “Blunderbuss,” is finally ready for us to lay our ears on. Its first single, the acoustic soul track “Love Interruption,” first appeared in January, followed by two more songs in the ensuing months — the brutal rocker “Sixteen Saltines,” and the mostly unheard “Freedom at 21″ which his label Third Man released via helium balloon launch.
White’s most famous project, The White Stripes, famously called it quits a little over a year ago after months of hinting at new material which ultimately never came to fruition. We had previously speculated that the end of the White Stripes had come completely by the hand of Meg White, given the group’s random tour cancellations due to the drummer’s “acute anxiety.” That suspicion was confirmed by Jack in a recent interview with the New York Times, where he explained “I’d make a White Stripes record right now. I’d be in the White Stripes for the rest of my life. That band is the most challenging, important, fulfilling thing ever to happen to me. I wish it was still here. It’s something I really, really miss.” He also stated that Meg’s reasons for ending the group remain not clear, with him brushing off the question with a simple, “You’d have to ask her” response.
Whatever the reasons are, they’re gone, and in lieu of their existence, we now have “Blunderbuss.” Jack White has given a stab at sharing the spotlight with Brendan Benson in The Raconteurs and hovering in the background of The Dead Weather, both bands that have delivered decent to very good albums in the past. Can he carry a record on his own without his muse? Let’s find out.
You can listen to “Blunderbuss” now over at iTunes. Its official release is April 24 on Third Man Records.