Because of this, I had never really heard anything by the White Stripes. I knew the song "Seven Nation Army," but that was about it.
I did kind of dig that song though. My big issue is that during my time of hating all things new, I had judged the White Stripes without ever having heard them.
Even now, I still haven't heard anything else by them, but I have redeemed myself somewhat by purchasing Jack White's new solo record, at least I feel that I have. Because of a complete lack of familiarity with the White Stripes and Jack White, I really had no idea what to expect when I put this album into the CD player.
Each track is different from the one preceding it. The only real common theme between the songs is Jack White's voice. It is very unique and I'm going to say now that he really cannot sing in any appreciable way. At least not in any way where we could call it singing. I suppose he is a rock vocalist and a very singular one at that.
I found the timbre of voice to be quite off putting at first. I could not get past his upper range tenor voice at all. On this album, he is very near falsetto territory, but he never drops it and it never cracks. As I continued to listen to it, I found that there was something that was quite special in this record. Beyond the fact that I cannot say I have heard anyone that sounds like this man and beyond the fact that none of the tracks had a sameness to them, there was something else.
Upon closer inspection, I found that Jack's lyrics are witty and full of images that I cannot quite comprehend. (I ate sixteen saltine crackers and then I licked my finger.") Even though I did not have the strongest feelings in the world about this album the first few times I heard it, in time it grew on me and I love this very strange piece of music.
Genre: Modern Rock
Run Time: 41:52
1) Missing Pieces
2) Sixteen Saltines
3) Freedom At 21
4) Love Interruption
6) Hypocritical Kiss
7) Weep Themselves To Sleep
8) I'm Shakin
9) Trash Tongue Talker
10) Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
11) I Guess I Should Go To Sleep
12) On and On and On
13) Take Me With You When You Go