Jack White dares everything on his new solo album “Fear of the Dawn”.

But what happened to the former leader of the White Stripes? What a new solo album he has, crazy and furious Fear of the dawn This name? What happened that the king of the garage, still holding on to some kind of rock classicism, is happy to turn all the dogmas upside down, so furiously erasing all the edges?

He, a lover of vinyl records, an adherent of vintage analog equipment, someone who has never had a mobile phone, would he dare to enter the present by moving the cursor to the future of rock? That’s what surprises us when we listen to this rocked CD that Jack White rubs on his guitar with rap, dub and especially synths and samples. We don’t know if this is the future of rock, but either way it’s a great kick to the buttocks and eardrums that never slows down.

His latest solo album, Pension Rich (2018), did not leave unforgettable memories. Unconvincingly, he has already exploited this appetite for experimentation by breaking down the lines between rock, hip-hop, jazz and electronica in games such as keep order Where Ice Station Zebrain which he first dared to rap.

On the fear of dawn, Jack White shifts into high gear and lets go. We imagine him alone in his studio, bulging eyes, having fun like a teenager, sampling on his guitar, turning the buttons of synthesizers in all directions, happily tasting every sound as if it were the first time. On a mission to make as much noise as possible. These 12 tracks in “high energy” mode can tire you out very quickly, you’d better be in good shape to handle it the first time, you’ve been warned.

After the first three rock titles, standing on the floor, on which Jack White holds all the instruments, including the theremin, synthesizers and percussion, we get to the heart of the matter, fasten your seat belts, with Hey De Ho, a ruin that prominently combines Cab Calloway’s sample with electronic sounds, a rock guitar riff and rapping from his friend Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest (whose voice is unrecognizable). Against all odds, it works.

eosophobiathe maddening dub, followed by staccato riffs and the piercing scream that follows, is yet another knock-down craziness before the disc’s indescribable top, At dusk. With its retro choir mixed with dry and groovy drums à la Prince & The Revolution, a noisy sample from William S. Burroughs and another from Manhattan Transfer, not to mention his 15-year-old daughter Scarlett’s bass, it’s about almost hilarious. chaotic and joker telescopic. We may find it disgusting and monstrous, but the building stands and it’s a challenge.

As What is the trick in which Jack White spews insane proto-rap, accompanied by cow bells (the ones that can be heard on Run DMC and LCD Soundsystem) and a big final nod to Daft Punk that leaves us with breathless jaws. We will still remember Morning, noon and nighta wiser track that sounds more like him, on which we hear the first guitar solo by a third member on one of his albums, Dwayne Denison of The Jesus Lizard, who once came to jam in his studio.

Rare interview given to a British newspaper Mojo offers the beginning of an explanation. Of course, the Detroit native always wants to avoid repetition, to explore things he’s never done (it doesn’t matter if others have done it before, he notes). But first of all, we learn that 46-year-old Jack White has decided to radically change his lifestyle from 2020, eliminating sugar from his diet and starting to fast, in order, he says, to restore energy, which is one of his new obsessions. It was “youdoes not respawn” showing her new blue hair, and “an electrifying experience“, according to him. It gives the impression that he has put his fingers in the socket. Literally. He has also been so productive that he will release not one, but two albums this year, the second, Entering heaven more calm and bluesy, announced on July 22.

With fear of dawn, Jack White runs the risk of surprise and disappointment. We may find this album unbearable and completely vain. I bet it will become a cult. If only because he tries to erase the word “impossible” from the musical vocabulary and proclaims the coming madness, wherever it comes from, it deserves a salute.

fear of dawn Jack White (Third Man Records) will be released on April 8
This summer Jack White will give a concert in France: July 7 in Lyon, July 12 in Carcassonne, July 18-19 and 20 in Paris (Olympia).

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