Jack White - Lazaretto
Jack White’s debut solo album, 2012’s Blunderbuss, satisfied many of those with a continuing White Stripes-sized hole in their heart, but this new effort simply covers old ground again to disappointing effect. Recorded between breaks on tour with both his all-male and all-female backing bands, one has to wonder whether the album would have benefitted from a longer gestation period. The incredibly underwhelming ‘Three Women’ kicks things off, and from there on in, the album limps on aside from the occasional shining moment.
Single and title track ‘Lazaretto’ initially impresses with its vintage White sheen, but loses its spark after repeated listens. The high point of the album comes on the atmospheric, piano-led ‘Would You Fight For My Love?’ which sees JW lament a failing relationship atop a Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac vibe, enhanced with the occasional guitar stab and female backing vocals. Unfortunately, much of the album feels painfully bland (especially ‘Just One Drink’ and ‘That Black Bat Liquorice’) and, as such, has to be considered a misfire for White at a time where a strong solo effort would distract from the recent press interest in his personal life.