The Complete Guide to Jack White's 'Lazaretto'

FUSE TV - The Complete Guide to Jack White's 'Lazaretto'

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On June 10, Jack White releases his sophomore album Lazaretto, the follow-up to 2012's Grammy-nominated album Blunderbuss. Even though he rose to prominence with the White Stripes, he's always had an impact outside that beloved rock duo—first the Raconteurs with Brendan Benson, and then the Dead Weather with the Kills' Alison Mosshart. So far, his solo career has been just as potent. 

White doesn't give too many interviews these days, but he has released a healthy amount of information about the origins and intentions of Lazaretto. Here is the complete guide: 

Lazaretto's Origins

Much of the lyrics on Lazaretto are mined from old journals White found dating back to when he was 19. "I had found these scribble writings or whatever from when I was 19," White told NPR. "I had these one-act plays and whatever they were, poems. They weren't very good. They were just sort of by a person without any experience in life, but with a lot of fire inside of me."

White also said that he's never worked on an album for as long as Lazaretto took. And for him, a year-and-a-half is a long time. "A new problem with these songs is that I recorded the music and I didn't write vocal parts or lyrics for some of them for maybe seven or eight months, so I was in a real bind," he said. "I'd become disconnected with the music."

Though he's a staunch supporter of old-school recording technology, White actually opened up a computer for this one and used Pro Tools. "Some of it I could edit on tape, but some of it, I had to print it to computer, edit it in Pro Tools, and print it back to tape, to make the edits work," he told Rolling Stone. "I've done that in the past. I've still never mixed and recorded an album in Pro Tools. I can't bring myself to live in that world."

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