Jack White’s New Album Is His Most Experimental Yet
Ever wondered what happens when hip-hop, country, electronic and jazz come together? Jack White has the answer.
Ever wondered what happens when hip-hop, country, gospel, electronic and jazz come together? The answer is Jack White’s new album Boarding House Reach and it’s pretty magical.
The album, which dropped on March 23 is Jack White’s most experimental release to date, and is collectively driven by a heap of today’s biggest debates, first and foremost aiming to portray artistic identity as fluid territory. “The songs are whatever the songs want to be. If they want to be punk, or bluesy or funky or whatever, it’s not my job to tell them no, you don’t get to be on my record”, he said in a recent interview.
The former White Stripes front man has hand-picked his backing musicians from hip-hop’s upper echelon like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nas, Q-Tip and Lil Wayne.
White recorded the whole album on tape before editing it with ProTools, emphasising that there was no one true concept for the album, “I’ve never actually done a concept album, I’m kind of scared of that.”
White sees himself as a director and not a writer or producer, of which he is both, “maybe director is a better word for me. I’m basically saying, “Ok how about this now? Let’s try this type of bass sound”. He featured on Beyonce’s ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ from Lemonade and the collaboration was a perfect mix of that iconic Lemonade fury and sass, combined with aggressive, buzzing guitar riffs.
While it was only recently released, some of the album’s tracks have been knocking about for a long time, including Over and Over and Over. Jack White said it was fitting considering he has “recorded it for every album I’ve done since White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan (2005)”. He even tried it with Jay-Z and it still didn’t work. Until this album, when he hit it with a Bumble Buzz and it finally worked.
The result is a down right banger with a shredding guitar riff, reminiscent of Seven Nation Army.
Stream Boarding House Reach now and listen to Over and Over and Over:
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