Sound — 10
Jack White is probably one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of this generation, a fact that this album backs up. He really proves himself as an all round musician using piano, acoustic guitar, and even marimba on most of the tracks. These tracks are fantasticly innovative, but dont worry, old Stripes fans won't be dissapointed because there are several fantastic guitar tracks featring White's creative blues work.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are fantastic on this album, White's voice can adapt to many musical styles, and his lyrics suit them all perfectly. Some lyrical highlights include his falsetto on "Blue Orchid," and his amusing blues drawl on "Instinct Blues." Meg White also sings on one track, "Passive Manipulation," but her voice dosen't help the sound much, and the lyrics on this track aren't great.
Overall Impression — 10
This album, although a shock at first, will no doubt become a white stripes classic. Although some may say that they have drifted from the blues rock sound that made them popular, this will not affect them badly, and if anything, it will increase their popularity. Led Zeppelin III never harmed Jimmy Page, and in the same way, I beleive this diverse and original work will give Jack White more credibility.