It seemed like an eternity from the time this single was released until the long-awaited solo album, Blunderbuss, hit the airwaves. Granted that gave me lots of time to read lots of reviews, it didn't mean I liked what I read.
"He may never recapture the electric eel zing of the White Stripes, but it would be a mistake to count out Jack White. I'm actually embarrassed to admit how low my expectations for this album were..."
Count him out? Low expectations? Based on what - all the other forgettable music on lame albums like Icky Thump?! Call me a groupie, but I don't think Jack White needs to prove ANYTHING, to ANYONE, ANYMORE. But of course he will, as evidenced by the fact that Blunderbuss has now topped the Billboard charts.
Crazy thing is, as incredible as that single is, it's not the best song on the album. Blunderbuss and Hypocritical Kiss are equally incredible for completely different reasons. They are stripped-down, heartfelt ballads that veer into folk and pop territory and they are great.
It's not the first time or the last time Jack will be listed on Michelle's Favorite Things. And although I don't yet have a ticket for this tour, I'm still hopeful. Until then I'm gonna soak up all these UNSTAGED videos directed by the equally cool and charismatic Gary Oldman.
And I think I'll post some spirited comments on a few music review blogs.