Blunderbuss (album)

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Blunderbuss
Studio album by Jack White
Released April 23, 2012[1]
Recorded 2011 at Third Man Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; USA.
Genre Blues rock, garage rock, country rock, folk rock
Length 41:52
Label Third Man, XL Recordings, Columbia
Producer Jack White
Jack White chronology
Blunderbuss
(2012)
Lazaretto
(2014)
Singles from Blunderbuss
  1. "Love Interruption"
    Released: January 31, 2012
  2. "Sixteen Saltines"
    Released: March 13, 2012
  3. "Freedom at 21"
    Released: April 1, 2012
  4. "I'm Shakin'"
    Released: October 10, 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 83/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club B+[4]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[5]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 7.8/10[8]
PopMatters 6/10[9]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 8/10[11]
Uncut 8/10[12]
Under The Gun Review 8/10 [13]

Blunderbuss is the debut solo album by Jack White, released on April 23, 2012 through White's own label Third Man Records in association with XL Recordings and Columbia Records. The album was released in MP3, compact disc, and vinyl editions. The album was written, recorded, and produced entirely by White in 2011. The first single from the album, "Love Interruption", was released on January 30, 2012 through White's website and Third Man Records website.[14] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 138,000 copies.[15] The album received Grammy Award nominations for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards,[16] while the single "Freedom at 21" was nominated for Best Rock Song. The single "I'm Shakin" was nominated for Best Rock Performance at 2014 Grammy Awards.[17]

Background[edit]

Blunderbuss has its roots in White's recordings with several artists, including Tom Jones. White was in contact with Wu-Tang Clan member RZA and, when RZA couldn't attend the session at the last moment, to make good use of the musicians that turned up at his studio White decided to get them to play his own material.[18] White decided to record several tracks that he wrote in the last 6 months of 2011, with the band. The tracks would later develop into songs that appear on the album.[19] The album was produced by Grammy winning sound engineer Vance Powell, who has also worked with such names as The Whigs, Kings of Leon, and Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes. The entire album was recorded to 8-track analogue tape.[20] According to White, he used “100 different production styles on the record." He explained that this, "came from the freedom of having my own studio and having people in Nashville who could come at short notice. What was great too with all these hired guns in the room was that I could write on-the-fly. I could ask people to play something, and I would go somewhere else and work on another part. I was directing people in the room. I had never done that before. When you are in a band, you don’t really tell other people what to play.[18]

Jack White has stated Blunderbuss is a record he could not release until now. He went on to state, "I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas."[21] To promote Blunderbuss, White performed "Love Interruption" and "Sixteen Saltines" on the March 3, 2012 episode of Saturday Night Live, with two different backing bands, one all-female and the other all-male. The studio version of "Sixteen Saltines" was subsequently released via White's YouTube channel on March 13.[22] Promotional copies of the album, distributed to reviewers and radio stations, were sent as vinyl records to prevent leaks. The album leaked on April 15, nine days ahead of its official release.[23] On April 16, Third Man Records streamed the album in its entirety on iTunes for free listening, 8 days before its release.

The Japanese edition of the album features two extra tracks - "Machine Gun Silhouette" and a cover of U2's "Love Is Blindness" (which appeared on the tribute record AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered).

Rolling Stone named it the number-three album of 2012.[24]

On March 5, 2013 "Blunderbuss," achieved gold status, having sold over 500,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[25]

The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN.[26]

Singles[edit]

  • "Love Interruption" was the first single from the album, released January 30, 2012. On February 8, 2012, "Machine Gun Silhouette", the B-side to "Love Interruption", appeared on SoundCloud, but it was quickly removed. The single peaked at #13 and #27 on the Billboard US Alternative Songs and US Rock Songs charts, respectively.[27]
  • "Sixteen Saltines" was the second single, released on March 13, 2012. It reached #129 in the UK Singles Chart and #12 in the top Alternative Songs.
  • "Freedom at 21", a track originally released via helium balloon as a part of a stunt for Record Store Day, was leaked onto the internet on April 14, 2012.
  • "I'm Shakin", a cover of Little Willie John

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jack White, except "I'm Shakin'" by Rudy Toombs

No. Title Length
1. "Missing Pieces"   3:27
2. "Sixteen Saltines"   2:37
3. "Freedom at 21"   2:51
4. "Love Interruption"   2:38
5. "Blunderbuss"   3:06
6. "Hypocritical Kiss"   2:50
7. "Weep Themselves to Sleep"   4:19
8. "I'm Shakin'"   3:00
9. "Trash Tongue Talker"   3:20
10. "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy"   3:03
11. "I Guess I Should Go to Sleep"   2:37
12. "On and On and On"   3:55
13. "Take Me with You When You Go"   4:10
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Length
14. "Machine Gun Silhouette"   2:56
15. "Love is Blindness"   3:18

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Brit Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Jack White Best International Male Solo Artist Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Blunderbuss Album of the Year Nominated
Best Rock Album Nominated
"Freedom at 21" Best Rock Song Nominated
2014 "I'm Shakin" Best Rock Performance Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Jack White Best Alternative Nominated
Best Look Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 "Sixteen Saltines" video Best Rock Video Nominated

mtvU Woodie Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Jack White FOMO Woodie Nominated
Jack White Branching Out Woodie Nominated

O Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Jack White Analog Genius Award Won

UK Music Video Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 "Sixteen Saltines" video Best Indie/Rock Video - International Nominated

See also[edit]

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