Jack White’s kicking it solo these days. Blunderbuss, his debut solo album, is now set for an April 24 release, and we finally have an idea of what it’s going to sound like in the form of “Love Interruption.” It’s a super stripped-down piece of music that’s unmistakably Jack White, without sounding much like his work with the White Stripes or the Raconteurs (or Loretta Lynn or the Dead Weather or Insane Clown Posse or Wanda Jackson or Stephen Colbert).
Built off a simple melody line and some basic acoustic guitar chords, “Love Interruption” finds White with a female backing vocalist, singing with his voice impassioned about what he wants out of love. We can’t help but wonder: is the title a nod to his now ex-wife, model/musician Karen Elson?
While the sound doesn’t relish in his rock-on-’roids past, there’s still a formula that so many White Stripes songs were built off of present here: the mantra-like repetition of key phrases, starting as lines sung quietly and evolving into Jack singing the words like his life depends on them. The difference here is that with the bigger rock flourishes contained (there aren’t even drums — all of the rhythm is carried in the acoustic guitar), the proceedings feel more intimate than anything White’s participated in since he and Meg were putting out music on Sympathy For The Record Industry. “I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt, or interrupt me,” he sings in the song’s chorus. And we believe him. Nothing interrupts this dude when it comes to recording something.