Jack White certainly likes his dark lyrics, doesn’t he? Following his trajectory from the White Stripes through the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, there is certainly an abundance of dark images. On his latest single, “Love Interruption,” White does not hold back from filling our minds with dark images as he sings, “I want love to walk right up and bite me / grab a hold of me and fight me, leave me dying on the ground.” That being said, he certainly plays to his strengths, as “Love Interruption” is a hauntingly good song.
The acoustic guitar and electric piano serving as the main instruments add a very beautiful, calming quality, with the synthesizer providing little riffs that help build the tension, and serve as excellent hooks on the vocals. The vocals, White being on lead, with Nashville singer Ruby Amanfu providing a chilling and dark harmony, create the dark world the lyrics inhabit. One can almost picture the lyrics being more appropriate to be screamed out in a fireball of rage and pain (hearing Eddie Vedder provide some loud vocals on a cover of this would be interesting) but White goes the opposite direction and the quieted singing on the track provides interesting tension.
If lead singles are any indication of how good the album will be, “Love Interruption” tells me that Blunderbuss will be a very strange but very good album.