Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
Third Man Records/Columbia Records Group
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A mediocre guitarist, a guy with a reedy thin voice and someone with dubious “blues” pedigree walk into a studio…
Yes, it’s the same guy – Jack White. And you should have stopped me – just as he should have stopped himself – for this cash-grab and reminder that the waiting-at-the-altar groom of 90s/00s alt-rock’s Corpse Bride actually has music of his own to make outside and around his folly studio/shop/cottage-industry is a redundant re-tread and re-traipse over songs mostly already available on the albums released by The White Stripes, Jack White and The Raconteurs (it seems even he knows The Dead Weather is not worth repeating). Some of these “acoustic” remakes/retakes are actually the original versions – nothing done at all, just gathered in place. A couple are previously unissued. Big whoop!
The real news here – which has always been the case – is that Meg White was the most interesting thing about Jack White. And she’s dishwater-dull and a rudimentary-at-best player.
The guy’s a charlatan. And this – received by his fans like some bible-teachings – should be his undoing. Certainly proof he’s run out of fuel and how dated so much of this sounds, more than that how utterly unconvincing and almost totally meaningless. Hard to know what anyone was (ever) hearing.