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Still keeping himself busy then and seemingly not content with playing on, producing, releasing and personally distributing to the stores every single record made by everyone from Tom Jones to Insane Clown Posse to every young waif like female singer songwriter the world has ever produced, here's Jack with his debut 'solo' album. Now divorced for the second time (well you know how Jack is with the ladies), I've read a couple of recent interviews with Jack and he's certainly the perpetrator and the gatekeeper of a lot of the myths and legends which surround him. He knows what he's doing, that's for sure. Anyway cutting to the chase, this is as you might expect a fine first effort from Jack. It veers across a slew of styles from the archetypal bluesy hues of opener 'Missing Pieces' with its rowdy chorus to the humungous blast of noise of 'Sixteen Salteens' which recalls the Pixies at their most incendiary, 'Freedom at 21' has one of those basslines that will pop up on about a million television shows or so and first single 'Love Interruption' is classic Jack ballad full of a gentle brooding kind of anger. As the album wears on there's a few more trad type excursions including the '50s blues thrash of 'I'm Shakin'' and the honky tonk 'Trash Tongue Talker' so its a relief when Jack gets out his comfort zone with the oddball spy music intro of the insanely catchy comedy blues romp of 'I Guess I Should Go to Sleep'. Although I miss the simplicity of The White Stripes, which allowed the songs to shine bright and clear, this being a lot more busy and cluttered and less raw, Jack White obviously has 'it' whatever 'it' may be and there's a slew of tracks here that sound like future classics. Fans of the lad won't fail to be impressed.
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