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In first solo album, Jack White taps a blue vein

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One might expect a solo record to be a more direct line into White, and perhaps if you add up the ingredients — the Rhodes piano, the mirrored effect on a drum beat, the howl of rebellion — it is. But don’t go reading the tea leaves for song meanings. He writes, he says, as he always has: in the guise of a bluesman singing about "some kind of stories, some kind of struggle."

"I never look at any of my songs as being first person, ‘This is about me,’" says White. "I’ve never written in that style, and if even if I did, I probably would never tell people that I was. It would be too close to home to give that away."

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