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Jacked: What’s Jack White’s Best Project?

on September 25, 2015, 11:30am

Photo by Amanda Koellner

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. This time, our staff argue over Jack White’s best recording project.

Today marks the release of Dodge and Burn, The Dead Weather’s third album and the follow-up to 2010’s Sea of Cowards. With The Kills’ Alison Mosshart out front and Jack White on drums, plus Dean Fertita on guitar and Jack Lawrence on bass, The Dead Weather is one of four core Jack White recording projects, the first being The White Stripes, followed by The Raconteurs, then The Dead Weather, and finally the solo work of 2012’s Blunderbuss and its 2014 follow-up, Lazaretto. White, steady as he goes, doesn’t let up.

White has been a favorite subject of this website for years and for good reason. He was one of the first modern rock stars who many of our staff members grew up with. The choruses and riffs of The White Stripes’ “Fell in Love with a Girl” and “Seven Nation Army” shattered worlds, and that’s to say nothing of the band’s red, white, and black color scheme and husband-and-wife/brother-and-sister mythos. Combined with his later work with The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and as a solo act, the sum of it all positions White as one of the most important rockers of the 21st century, if not the most important. (We still haven’t brought up his production work for Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, and others or the fact that Third Man Records continues to evolve the possibilities of physically packaged music.)

Dodge and Burn is White’s 13th album between that core four. He made six with Meg White, but whereas she’s been awfully quiet in the years since the Stripes disbanded, Jack has continued to approach his craft(s) with enthusiasm and persistence, with little-to-no falloff in quality. Below, four CoS writers make their case for their favorite Jack White recording endeavor. What’s your pick?

–Michael Madden
Associate Editor