Jack White

Boarding House Reach

2018

This album was released 26 weeks ago.

59% ±17% 28 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Connected by Love
2 Why Walk a Dog?
3 Corporation
4 Abulia and Akrasia
5 Hypermisophoniac
6 Ice Station Zebra
7 Over and Over and Over
8 Everything You've Ever Learned
9 Respect Commander
10 Ezmerelda Steals the Show
11 Get in the Mind Shaft
12 What's Done is Done
13 Humoresque
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59% 4WIM Rating
100% New Musical Express On his third solo album he’s at last shaken off the bluesy shackles of the White Stripes and has created something wild, mysterious and unlike anything else around.
90% Pop Matters Boarding House Reach has been getting a lot of attention over the past few weeks, as White has been teasing fans with a few random tracks and reviewers alternately praising the album's uniqueness and slamming its somewhat roughshod profile.
90% Glide Magazine This can be applied directly to his career, starting out restrained by his personal set of rules for The White Stripes then slowly expanding his palette with each subsequent band (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and solo release.
90% musicandotherthingz.com Even before Jack White went solo in the late 2000s his legacy was already cemented as one of the best musicians, never mind Rockstar's of recent times.
83% Gaffa (Sweden)
83% Nöjesguiden Att skapa sin egen låda innebär att inte behöva lyssna på den som vill sätta etiketter på dig, förklarar Jack White i Ice Station Zebra, och så blandar han funk, rap (jo, verkligen!) och subtil dov elektronisk rytm med akustiskt jazzpiano till en fullständigt egen groovelåda.
80% The A.V. Club Both Blunderbuss in 2012 and Lazaretto in 2014 were rooted in the primitive blues, garage rock, and rural folk music that White made with his partner Meg White for a decade.
80% Music OMH In Boarding House Reach White gives himself a free hand, and the result is a more experimental and surprising work.
80% The Telegraph With the latter, White boiled rock down to its basics but, at 42, he is in expansive mood, belatedly embracing hip hop, synthesisers, vocoders and contemporary digital editing techniques.
80% DIY Magazine For the acolytes, he’s a purist to be held aloft in these increasingly fickle and transient musical times; a man so devoted to the vinyl cause that he started an entire empire (Third Man Records) in celebration of it.
80% Irish Times For those who believe songs are only real if wrangled from fretted instruments (pity these people) White has been a deity to bow down to.
80% Drowned in Sound With his absurd third solo album Boarding House Reach, it seems White has surrendered his desire to connect with the zeitgeist on the level of a 'Seven Nation Army' or an 'Icky Thump,' abandoning his role as a Mick Jagger or Bono in favor of one as a Robert Fripp or Frank Zappa, leaping into the fringes without a fear.
80% Consequence of Sound The catchiest track, “Over and Over and Over”, brings to mind early Rage Against the Machine, driven by relentless rhythms and rants, both of which feel right for a performer like White making music in these troubled times.
80% soundguardian.com I nije uopće toliko bitno osniva li to korporaciju s nama ili jednostavno juriša u nepoznato, koliko je poze, a koliko maštovite metaforike u njegovom najnovijem kolažiranju svega što rock (možda) jest ni jesmo li kao slušatelji suočeni s njegovim obožavanjem glazbe ili njegovim obožavanjem svoga obožavanja glazbe...
73% Paste Magazine After shaking off the narrow parameters he allowed himself in the White Stripes'€”songs consisting of three elements, an aesthetic comprising three colors'€”White has gotten increasingly outlandish with each successive solo LP.
70% Exclaim! Music Not only are these the strangest songs White has ever written, he's now got the eclectic instrumentation to match.
70% The Line of Best Fit
70% Renowned for Sound There is no denying that Jack White has worked wonders for the physical music sales industry, thanks to his Third Man Records initiative but; ever increasingly, his growingly complex adventures in sound are becoming harder and harder for the casual listener to tolerate. The one time White Stripe frontman is no stranger to going a bit wild in the name of music, and this is a trend that; even at 14 albums into his career (including both solo & group work) Jack is still not afraid to think utterly outside of the box.
70% Soundblab Fortunately, we are not left with that penultimate track as the album closes on a decidedly high note.  Though it doesn’t seem it would work on paper, the Dvorak melody of ‘Humoresque’ set to lyrics written by, of all people, Al Capone comes up an unexpected winner.  It’s the only track here that successfully steps out of the hard funk mold and doesn’t falter.  Lines about sunbeams playing, flowers swaying, children dancing, and lovers romancing come off without irony and the song has the feel of a lost Irving Berlin or Cole Porter standard.  Coming almost two decades after White Blood Cells’ ‘We’re Going to be Friends’ and the nostalgia of a teacher marking heights on a wall, White shows he is not without a humanist streak somewhere under the artifice.
60% Slant Magazine
60% The Arts Desk It's this ambition (with a small "a" '€“ for "artistic") that we see writ large over Boarding House Reach, his third solo LP and the first he's released in four years.
60% The Guardian Halfway through his third solo studio album, Jack White reminds listeners of the principle of caveat emptor.
60% Record Collector
52% Earbuddy But what’s not so typical is Jack White’s overly experimentative approach on Boarding House Reach.
45% Under the Radar Magazine With The White Stripes, he produced sharp, minimalist rock songs that laughed in the face of the genre's extravagances.
40% Loud & Quiet Again, the track chugs on with no reply, and for a musician so associated with fruitful collaboration, White’s splendid isolation here is disconcerting.
39% QRO Magazine
30% God is in the TV In Depp’s case that’s fine – he’s an actor, he’s good at playing weird – but White has always been trying hard to be different.