Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
Seemingly infatuated with a simpler bygone era, bluesman Jack White enjoys making life difficult for himself. Whether fashioning a one-string guitar from a block of wood and a Coke bottle or placing the stage
mics slightly too far apart from each other, the former White Stripes frontman has revelled in self-imposed challenges. So it makes sense that, for a career retrospective, he would put down the electric axe that made his name in favour of a well-worn acoustic guitar. Presented in chronological order, these 26 tracks of remastered album cuts and rare gems span White’s career, from The White Stripes’ Sugar Never Tasted So Good and “new” song City Lights, to a stripped-back version of The Raconteurs’ Carolina Drama and an acoustic Just One Drink. The last track merges with the electric version on the vinyl edition of White’s second solo album, Lazaretto. Bookmarking a fine chapter in folk, blues and rock ’n’ roll, the unplugged approach of Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 only serves to highlight White’s immense songwriting talent, and we can always hope he gives Meg another call.