Jack White: Lazaretto
Over the last decade and a half, Jack White has cemented his reputation as one of music’s most creative, eclectic personalities through his work with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather. But it wasn’t until 2012 that he released his first album under his own name, the Grammy-nominated Blunderbuss. 2014’s Grammy-nominated Lazaretto follows up with another blast of bluesy, garage-rock licks and complex lyrics.
What’s a Lazaretto?
“It’s a word for a quarantine hospital, or a quarantine island, or something like that,” he told NPR in 2014. (His definition is basically correct.) “I guess my fantasy is, it would be so nice to be in a quarantine hospital, but not to die from it — just to know that I had to stay here for two months and I can’t do anything else. That’s why I named the album Lazaretto.”
- White uses two main backing bands, the all-male Buzzards and the all-female Peacocks.
- Many of the lyrics are derived from “scribble writings,” as he calls them, from when he was 19.
What the Critics Say
- “White has created an album that is inventive, intense and … a huge amount of fun.” ~ Telegraph
- “White’s version of a big production is more about layering sounds until he hits on something right, rather than polishing something until its defining cracks fade away.” ~ A.V. Club
- Nominated for Best Alternative Music Album Grammy; song “Lazaretto” nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance Grammys
- All songs written by Jack White
- Released by Third Man Records
- On CD
- “Three Women”
- “Temporary Ground”
- “Would You Fight for My Love?”
- “High Ball Stepper”
- “Just One Drink”
- “Alone in My Home”
- “That Black Bat Licorice”
- “I Think I Found the Culprit”
- “Want and Able”
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