Jack White released his new album “Boarding House Reach” on March 23. It’s his third solo album, following “Blunderbuss” (2012) and “Lazaretto” (2014), but he has actually made more than a dozen in his career when you combine his work with his various bands The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. Will his latest add to his Grammys haul in 2019? To date he has won 12 times out of 33 nominations.
According to the reviews for “Boarding House Reach,” he just might take home some more awards hardware, though it depends on how open voters are to “the weirdest album of his career so far.” As of this writing it has received a strong MetaCritic score of 74, which isn’t as high as the scores posted by “Blunderbuss” (83) and “Lazaretto” (80), but to put it in perspective it’s still higher than the last Album of the Year winner, “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars.
Critics are describing “Boarding House” as “ambitious, dizzying, and sometimes challenging.” It’s “a messy, sprawling, daffy, howling set,” “maniacally creative,” a “true departure” and “a fascinating turnabout.” But it’s still “appealingly rootsy, steeped in the chords, instruments, riffs and rhythms of blues, jazz, rock and funk.”
If the album does return Jack White to the Album of the Year lineup at the Grammys, it would be his fourth time in that race. He was nominated in 2004 for “Elephant” as one half of The White Stripes, then in 2013 with “Blunderbuss” as a solo artist, and most recently as a featured artist on Beyonce‘s “Lemonade” in 2017. He hasn’t won that top award yet, but he did win Best Alternative Album three times with The White Stripes: for “Elephant,” “Get Behind Me Satan” (2006) and “Icky Thump” (2008). He even won Best Country Album for producing Loretta Lynn‘s “Van Lear Rose” (2005).