By Andrew Hunter
Lazaretto Ultra LP Vinyl review
Third Man Records
First off Jack White is madly into vinyl, and has made this record to mess with your brain, if you buy this side A plays from inside of the record to the outside, and contains a “locked groove” which plays infinitely so you can think you’re slowly going insane, or your turntable is broken …its got hidden tracks on side A and side B …basically the ULTRA LP version has lots of cool shit going on that you can check out below, there’s a video of Jack White and some dude from third Man Records sporting major wood over the record …
So if you buy it on Vinyl its got loads of clever shit going on but what about the music right ? Well some people aren’t going to be as into this because its not The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, or even The Dead Weather, and its even a slight departure from the first solo record “Blunderbuss” which I liked a lot, but “Lazaretto” lives up to past endeavours, its bluesy, has killer guitar solos like the single “Lazaretto” which has screaming guitar all over it . This album has aspects of nostalgia in places it still has Jack Whites unique guitar sound that’s makes you wonder if he travelled back in time to bring us the guitar sound of the future, its got softer tracks on it too like “Alone In My Home” and “Want and Able” . Fiddles on “Temporary Ground” and “Just One Drink” give this album a more country feel, and having backing vocals from Ruby Amanfu doesn’t hurt either. “Would You Fight For My Love” sounds like its readymade for a film soundtrack. But basically if you’ve ever liked anything Jack White has done buy this cause you’ll probably like it, so its not got the same fire/aggression and distortion as The White Stripes, Megs not there but for Jack Whites second solo album he doing something new with the song writing. The album does have a more personal feel for some reason, Jack getting older, but proving he can do something different with his sound… and the vinyl’s got lots of cool gimmicks you can amaze or bore people with, but at least he is trying to do something creative by releasing this unique LP though his own record company Third Man, which has to be respected. But Jack if you get tired of making solo records., give Brendon a call I want another Raconteurs album .