Jack White has released the most awesomely prog album of his career. You were probably expecting blues roots rock, but instead you get a wildly experimental mutation of rock and roll tropes with nutso synth sounds and drum loops.
The total experience is like a dream state: you have a dream that you are listening to the new Jack White album, and this is the bizarro world that you then move through. You only hope that when you wake up you will remember this amazing music, so that you can reconstruct it.
Thankfully, the entire wild dream has been recorded here, so you can enter musical crazyland again, whenever you wish. The blistering guitar leads on “Respect Commander” will melt the part of your brain that seeks such melting. Meanwhile, “Corporation” and “Abulia and Akrasia” and “Everything You’ve Ever Learned” and “Ezmerelda Steals the Show” and “Get in the Mind Shaft” all confirm that you are not in Kansas anymore.
There’s no point in talking about any of these songs, because they defy analysis with their mysterious storytelling. The musical and poetic genius of Jack White invites you to go through the looking glass. Don’t miss the journey. It is rare for rock music to rise to the level of art, but this is the real deal, folks. I call it prog: i.e., music as it was meant to be. Challenging and thrilling and joyful and mysterious. Wow.