In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!
This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!
Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!
In this post we’re going to be talking about Jack White – Blunderbuss.
As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!
I have the CD version of this album and I have to be honest, it gets played A LOT! I’d love the vinyl version but it’s just not something I’ve got round to buying.
This is the first solo album by Jack White and it’s fantastic! If you’re not familiar with Jack White you may have heard of some of his bands: The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
The book refers to Jack White as being ‘one of the most prolific artists of the last 15 years.’ I completely agree with this statement, he’s one of very small group of innovative artists in this industry second only to the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
I feel like lyrically this album is so raw and open in comparison to anything else we’ve heard from Jack White previously and I love that. I guess it may not necessarily be directly about his life and things but the feeling of openness and emotion that comes with this album is wonderful.
Let’s take a look at the Blunderbuss track list!
Track One: Missing Pieces
Track Two: Sixteen Saltiness
Track Three: Freedom At 21
Track Four: Love Interruption
Track Five: Blunderbuss
Track Six: Hypocritical Kiss
Track Eight: I’m Shakin’
Track Nine: Trash Tongue Talker
Track Ten: Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
Track Eleven: I Guess I Should Go To Sleep
Track Twelve: On And On And On
Track Thirteen: Take Me With You When You Go
I adore this entire album but if I was forced to pick my favourite tracks they would be Take Me With You When You Go and Hypocritical Kiss!
The question is though; do I think it belongs on this list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die?
Yes, Yes I do!
This is one of the best albums to have been released in the 2000s, it’s raw, open and its Jack White with that gorgeous Jack White sounds but it’s a side to him we’ve not really seen until Blunderbuss.
As I said and as the book also said Jack White is prolific and he definitely deserves to have this album on the list!
That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.
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