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Love Interruption

by

Jack White



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The first single from Jack White's debut solo album, Blunderbuss, is an acoustic guitar and keyboard-led track. It was produced by the ex White Stripe and recorded at his own Third Man Studio in Nashville along with its exclusive non-LP B-side "Machine Gun Silhouette." The song was made available on January 30, 2012 at White's pay-to-join club Vault and at Jackwhiteiii.com. A week later, it was released on the singer's preferred format, vinyl.
"Love Interruption" also features the vocals of Nashville artist Ruby Amanfu, who has also had songs cut by such performers as Kelly Clarkson and CCM songstress Rachel Lampa. In 2007 Amanfu co-wrote the tune "Heaven's My Home" with folk-rock singer-songwriter Katie Herzig, which was performed by the Duhks and nominated for a 2007 Grammy award for Best Country Performance.
The sound may be mellow but the lyrics sure ain't as we hear White and Amanfu singing intensely of love in a bitter way. Amongst the macabre phrases used are, "stick a knife inside me" and "grab my fingers gently, slam them in a doorway."
Blunderbuss is the first album released solely under Jack White's name after releasing six albums with the White Stripes, and two each with the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather. White describes it, as "an album I couldn't have released until now." He went on to explain. "I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas."
Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe on January 30, 2012, White admitted he never actually planned to go solo. "I didn't really even think of recording under my own name for a long time," he said. "A few months ago, we had a session booked and someone didn't show up. So I said, 'I guess we'll do some of my songs' ... It kick-started the whole process."
During a pre-release playback for Blunderbuss in London, England, White explained the meaning of love in this track: "It's hard to put love in a song because it's been used for so long, thousands of times in plays, paintings, poems and, if you're going to say that word I think you have to really put a twist on it for yourself," expounded White. "If you're going to use the word 'love', I wanted to provoke some kind of thought that's what I wanted it to do for me."
White told NME why he chose this as the first single from Blunderbuss: "That song ended up being powerful enough to my ears that I wanted it to be the first thing that people heard from the record. It didn't need drums or bass to sell its point and the lyrics are strong enough to make people just think something about how love can trip over itself."
White performed this with Ruby Amanfu and an all-female band at the Grammy Awards in 2013. At the end of the song, he went to a second set, where he played "Freedom at 21" with an all-male band.
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