Jack White's second solo album is steeped in tones of his adopted hometown, Nashville. Lighthearted piano, sprightly fiddle and soulful slide guitar lend a country twang to most of the 11 tracks.
White is more open musically on "Lazaretto" than on any of his previous works, whether with the White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather or solo. He shares the vocal spotlight with fiddler-singer Lillie Mae Rische and Ruby Amanfu, who belongs to the Peacocks, an all-female band that backed White while touring for his first solo album, 2012's "Blunderbuss."
The Dead Weather-esque title single heralds the new album perfectly: a blend of White's signature guitar-heavy blues rock seasoned with some folksy charm in the form of a violin solo.