140 Character Reviews is an occasional reoccurring post where we take a highly anticipated album and record our impressions of it track-by-track as we hear it for the first time. We withhold the right to change our minds a few listens later.
To be honest, I’ve never been a massive fan of Jack White’s music. I liked The White Stripes album Elephant and that first Raconteurs album, Broken Boy Soldier. Outside of that I’ve found him to be pretty hit or miss with the misses outnumbering the hits for me. That said, the first time I heard “Love Interruption” I was officially excited to hear the whole album. What follow is my feelings as I heard it for the first time this morning:
- Missing Pieces: Not bad. Kept waiting for it to become awesome but it never did. Solid opening track though.
- Sixteen Saltines: This track started & I thought, “this is everything I hated about the White Stripes.” I was rocking out by the end.
- Freedom At 21: Main keyboard riff sounds like a Black Keys outtake. Loved the track at first kind of drones on by the end.
- Love Interruption: We’ve all heard this one. Personally, I love the living shit out of this song.
- Blunderbuss: Love the slide in this song but as a whole I find it pretty boring.
- Hypocritical Kiss: Nice recovery! Really dig this track. No guitars at all.
- Weep Themselves To Sleep: loving this track. Mixes the piano-centric sound from the last track w/typical Jack White sound. Positive result
- I’m Shakin’: Has a bit of a 50’s vibe to it. Pretty standard Jack White fare here. Most interesting part is the female vocals.
- Trash Tongue Talker: meh. it’s there. it doesn’t offend the ears. doesn’t do anything else either…
- Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy: either I am starting to suffer from Jack White burnout or all the songs are beginning to just blend together…
- I Guess I Should Go to Sleep: Opens w/a beat jazz sound. I hate the vocals in this song. That may change over time though.
- On & On & On: that’s the way the back end of this cd is feeling and the title is indicative of this song. 1st one on the cd I’m skipping.
- Take Me W/You When You Go: Beginning & End: Horrible. Middle: Awesome. Parts of it are like he channeled Rush & for me, that’s a bad thing.
Upon first review it’s like a bottle of tonic water. It explodes out of the gate but falls flat too quickly. Shame too. I really wanted to love this album. Hopefully the front 1/2 is the shower and the last 1/2 is the grower. We’ll see. I have no doubt I’ll give it a few more listens but if the end never grows on me it’ll be out of my music rotation permanently by month’s end.
Jack White – Love Interruption
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines