With the release of Jack White's latest album with project The Dead Weather, we thought we'd put together a list of his top 5 albums across his various projects and bands.
5. Blunderbuss - Jack White
Okay, take 14 years of experience leading groups like the White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather and combine it with the knowledge gained from producing acts like Loretta Lynn, Seasick Steve, Wanda Jackson, the Alabama Shakes and Beck and you get Blunderbuss; a cornucopia of sounds and tones that Jack has touched on but may not have necessarily fully explored previously in his career. Listen to the two main singles off of this album "Sixteen Saltines" and "Love Interruption," and you'll immediately see the vast sonic range Jack manages to cover in 41 minutes. This album also features Jack's best, most insightful and mature songwriting to date. With lyrics like "Spiked heels make a hole in a lifeboat" how can we deny his growth?
4. De Stijl - The White Stripes
This album is when the White Stripes became more than just a Detroit garage blues duo. Here is where Jack Starts to develop his own songwriting style on tracks like "Apple Blossom" and "I'm Bound To Pack It Up." As opposed to just the rehashing of the classic blues riffs as they did on their debut, here is where Jack starts to add his signature "flavor" that makes even his simple blues tracks special.
3. White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
This album is pure, uncut, authentic White Stripes. Being their commercial breakthrough, one could argue that this is their best album. With songs like "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground," "Hotel Yorba," "Fell In Love With A Girl," and "We're Going to Be Friends," it contains some of the best songs Jack has ever made...in spite of the rushed recording and mixing (a whopping four days) the production is absolutely stellar.
2. Consolers Of The Lonely - The Raconteurs
I'm probably going to catch some flack for putting this above White Blood Cells, but I have to ask, have you heard this album beginning to end? It's absolutely fantastic. Most people know the Raconteurs best for their big single "Steady As She Goes" off the album Broken Boy Soldier and are not aware that this masterpiece even exists. It sits comfortably at the crossroads of folk songwriting infused with roots americana authenticity, the energy of rockabilly, and bluesy riffs Jack White is famous for.
1. Elephant - The White Stripes
The 70s had London Calling, the 80s had Appetite For Destruction, the 90s had Nevermind, and the 2000s had Elephant; need we say more? Every decade has an album that we can look back on as not only as close to a perfect album as one can get, but also having a select few powerful singles that blasted their way into mainstream consciousness, and, because of that, could also be considered the very definition of where rock and roll was at the time. And for many, Elephant was that album.