Saturday, July 5, 2014

Video Of The Week: Jack White

Ok, so Jack White has been on a tear lately, prepping for his tour of festivals. The important thing is: can he still deliver the goods, musically?

His recent performance at Glastonbury would show that's a resounding ''YES'', despite being very drunk (and at times angry). And despite briefly quoting Metallica's Enter Sandman.

In the video for the title track off his most recent album, Lazaretto, he enlisted directors Jonas & François, a French directing duo specializing in advertizing who had previously worked with Kanye West, Justice, and perhaps are best known for 4 Minutes, the Madonna song with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

The black and white video focuses mostly on White, his bandmates getting some air time, particularly his spectacular drummer Daru Jones. Musically, it follows in the logical paths White has been exploring since The White Stripes, with overblown blues-meets-funk riffs delivered with fiery passion, while lyrically, the delivery is more aggressive than ''regular Jack White'', and even includes Spanish sentences, a theme more present since he moved to Nashville, and since the WS song Conquest in particular.

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