Jack White, ‘Connected by Love’ – Single | Track Review
Jack White makes a compelling comeback with “Connected by Love” and “Respect Commander,” singles from his forthcoming third solo album, ‘Boarding House Reach.’
Alternative darling Jack White returns with not just one, but two new singles: “Connected by Love” and “Respect Commander.” His third studio album (as a solo artist), Boarding House Reach, arrives shy of four years after his sophomore effort, Lazaretto. “Connected by Love” commences with a mysterious wavy synth. This electronic-driven sound is a bit unexpected from Jack White. The vocals by White are dramatic and expressive, if “pitchy.” This isn’t particularly surprising – it’s characteristic of his style over the years.
“Woman, don’t you know what I’m suffering from? / Ease my pain, make it wash on with the rain…”
The chorus is epic, notably the use of organ, piano, and synthesizer. Lyrically, it’s simple, but certainly catchy.
“Cause I know we’re connected by love / Yes, I know we’re connected, connected, connected by love / Yeah, I wanna be directed by your love / Connected by love.”
The second iteration of the chorus welcomes gospel-tinged backing vocals. The spirited nature of Jack White is notable as well. A superb instrumental section follows, highlighted by the organ, played by Neal Evans. A calmer, tamer bridge section follows the raucous instrumental section. That said, towards the second half of the bridge, White reclaims his grit. The third and final chorus is the longest and most epic yet.
Jack White also treats listeners to “Respect Commander,” which opens with an incredibly groovy instrumental section. The section is comprised of sick drums, synthesizers, and electric guitar. There’s an experimental, care-free vibe that makes the record appealing. The bass helps things to settle in for the second part of the song, which includes vocals. The backing production work has some grit, and bite, fueling White’s vocal fire.
“…And she’s stringin’ me along / I’m ‘bout to break, it’s strong, so I can’t detect it / She’s comin’ up behind me in the mornin’ / Lovin’ when I least expect it / Every single thing about this situation / Says I can’t be wrong / And every time she gets her satisfaction / I want her to control me all night long.”
The marvelous building intensity, musically and vocally, leads into an unapologetic, bluesy electric guitar solo.
Regarding both singles, Jack White sounds reinvigorated to say the least. Lyrically, neither song is a masterwork, but musically, both have ample appeal. His forthcoming album should be intriguing.