Jack White: His Best And Worst So Far

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The Raconteurs at the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival
It goes without saying that Jack White is, and has been, one of the most prolific artists in contemporary popular music. From The White Stripes' self-titled album to his WTF collaboration with hardcore hip-hop dup Insane Clown Posse last year, the guy has released or produced an album every year without fail since 1999.

Given his rap sheet, it came to no surprise when the Detroit native announced a few weeks ago he's set to release his debut solo effort, Blunderbuss, through his own label Third Man Records in April, advanced by the single "Love Interruption." According to White, the record was written, produced and recorded by himself alone, and "had nothing to do with anyone or anything else."

Rocks Off has been waiting quite a while for White to have to his time to shine all by his lonesome, and in honor of the singer's forthcoming album, we rated his various other projects to hold you over.

from Get Behind Me Satan, 2005


The White Stripes: Jack and "sister" drummer Meg re-introduced garage rock to popular music listeners at a time when boy bands and teenyboppers ruled the airwaves. The guitar-and-drum duo lasted six albums that spanned the course of 10 years, finally officially disbanding last year after not releasing new material since 2007's Icky Thump.

In short, White Blood Cells, Elephant and Get Behind Me Satan are White's collective magnum opus: The drumming is manic, the riffs are wicked and Jack's voice is as disturbing and beautiful as any Thom Yorke we've ever heard. The White Stripes may have hung up their cleats, but tracks like, "My Doorbell" will leave fans forever begging for a reunion.

Verdict: Legacy


from Consolers of the Lonely, 2008


The Raconteurs: Jack's relationship with "The White Stripes" banner was rarely on steady footing. Meg's intermittent battles with anxiety sidelined the group for long stretches, and with Jack's creative energy left without an outlet during a break in 2005, the guitarist joined with singer-songwriter Brendan Benson to form The Raconteurs.

The band was dubbed a "super-group" by music journalists at its creation, but through two albums, nothing super ever materialized. White's writing was tempered by his collaborators, and the band produced only a handful of memorable tracks -- and "Old Enough" stands among the best of them.

Verdict: Worthwhile

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12 comments
Ariesone
Ariesone

The Dead Weather are awesome! I wish more people were into them though...They are more than "Worthwhile".

Binaural42
Binaural42

Raconteurs are the best rock n roll band to come out in like twenty years... Crazy to label them "worthwhile"...

Shelby Woolf
Shelby Woolf

So all in all, Jack White is a fabulous artist and his current solo project is going to be absolutely stunning. I cannot wait for Blunderbuss, this video for "Love Interruption" is great http://vevo.ly/A4mwXL

John Colter
John Colter

This is forgetting his collaborations with Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson & his contributions to the Rome collaboration...collectively some of his best work. Why this article would include one-offs like Alicia Keys & ICP but neglect those critically acclaimed projects he was much more intricately involved with is beyond me.

Smohyee
Smohyee

I love the White Stripes, and enjoy the Raconteurs. I also can't stop listening to "Another way to die"... its seems like there's a strong divide on this song, because I read a lot of comments of others agreeing that they like it. 

I thought their voices mixed well, and I thought Alicia Keys added some nice black soul to Whitey's pasty grunge. Her scat was a little excessive, maybe, but she's also smoking hot, so I enjoyed watching the video, even though I think the actual Quantum film intro is a better accompaniment. 

Also, give them both credit for collaborating outside their respective genres. And not only that, but on a specific theme meant for a legendary film intro. 

louis
louis

Rancs suck! Bring the dream team back (white stripes)!

Jeffdowns15425
Jeffdowns15425

Jack I love you but please please please bring back the White Stripes. You and Meg had a wonderful collaboration together. I think you are a musical genius!

Www The
Www The

If he was as great as media wanted him to be then where's the Weird Al spoof? huh? Jack White's just not that interesting and is only cool to aging hipsters.. Meg was cool though..

Banky Edwards
Banky Edwards

You are crazy....Ranconteurs is beyond just worthwhile......Brendan Benson and Jack White collab on both albums was legendary.....every track on those albums was penned beautifully and even more masterfully recorded. I can see the sub-par review on the Dead Weather as they are "unique" I disagree with you but I think it was a fair statement, and even agree with you about the collaboration with Alicia Keys....I think you need to go back and indulge in some Ranconteurs....Consoler of the Lonely is just magical, I'd place it above any White Stripes album.

ricardo rivera
ricardo rivera

the loretta lynn collab is an obvious oversight, granted.

Nameless
Nameless

Not that any decent artist should be measured by Weird Al spoofs,( to be honest Weird Al is just not as relevant as he used to be) but Weird Al did spoof/pay homage to The White Stripes with his song and video for Charles Nelson Reilly. Look it up.

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