This album sounds like it's covered in a half-inch of grease. And I mean that in the best way possible. It's grungy rock and roll at its finest. No one is going to be praising Jack White for his "easy to listen to" and pleasant vocals but, just the same, we are going to praise his guitar playing, stage presence and bravado and clever song and melody writing. If you're a Jack White fan then you've undoubtably heard his other main projects: The White Stripes and The Raconteurs. The influence of both of those groups is evident in White's solo project, Lazaretto. Also clear in the album are his forays into country music. There's a screeching violin on Lazertto that gives White's screeching guitar on "That Black Bat Licorice" a run for its money and there are typical country female harmonies on Temporary Ground. Don't let this deceive you though, this is a rock record through and through.
Want to learn about a feud between two very similar sounding bands? Check it out! We featured The Arcs just a couple of weeks ago. The Arcs frontman is Dan Auerbach who also heads up The Black Keys. Jack White has not shied away from expressing his disdain for the 'Keys. He's even gone as griping about the fact that their kids go to the same school. Who's in the right and who's in the wrong? We'll let you decide.
Release date: June 10th, 2014
Similar artist(s): The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Queens of The Stone Age
Top tracks: Three Women, Lazaretto, That Black Bat Licorice