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Jack White shreds out 'Lazaretto' on Jimmy Fallon (plus our album review)

Third Man

10

June

Jack White digs old suits, old guitars, old scuzzy licks. The Pale Riffer cuts his own vinyl records in his Third Man shop, an indie valhalla in Nashville. He likes old words, too. His 2012 Grammy-nominated LP, Blunderbuss, was named after an 18th century muzzle-loading firearm, a no-nonsense weapon just like the dude himself. His latest LP, Lazaretto, refers to a quarantine hospital, a place for outcasts, a place he’d no doubt feel at home.

In related news, Lazaretto debuted as the No. 1 album on iTunes today, a sign that for all his retro insistence, the 38-year-old iconoclast is very much a modern salve for today’s music fans weary of digital artifice. Jack’s never been a dull boy; from the White Stripes to the Raconteurs to the Dead Weather, the Detroit native has always been a restless creative spirit with little use for subtlety. But great chunks of Lazaretto, his second solo album, show White unhinged and unfettered by modern restraints like never before, an old-school guitar god whippin’ up some rock ’n’ raunch.

To see what we're talking about, watch this clip of White on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. To read our full review of Lazaretto, GO HERE.

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