No matter what Jack White does it's unmistakably him, whether that's The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, or The White Stripes. That's why a solo album isn't as distinctive of a project that it might be for someone else. It more or less feels like the inevitable and it turns out to be another solid release in a pretty amazing career.
Blunderbuss is as cool of an album as it is a word. As far as a Jack White release goes this isn't altogether distinctive. It sounds like White Stripes stuff without the raucous. It sounds like the second and third White Stripes albums mixed with Warren Zevon. There's some wonderful use of piano like no other Jack White project, especially in the second half of the album. That and all of the different collaborations make this a blast to listen through. And while every song isn't brilliant, the brilliant ones are scattered across this 13 song album, making it a complete listen.
What's really interesting about this album is, while it's not surprising, it's not what you'd expect from a solo album from Jack White. I was anticipating something along the lines of Jack White doing his best Ryan Adams impersonation, which only happened on one song. The rest is an awesome mix of rock, blues, and even a little pop all of it still sounding like Jack White.
Hopefully White will keep making solo albums because this is too good for it to be the only one. While it's not an amazing album it's a nice change for White and a cool listen for people who have followed him over the years.