Alongside these feats -- and ultra-specific world records -- White has also contributed to a number of big name releases, such as A Tribe Called Quest's We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service and Beyoncé's Lemonade. His involvement with and influence from the hip-hop community is blatant on his latest solo release, Boarding House Reach. With a roster that hosts some incredible session musicians, such as drummer Louis Cato (Beyonce, Q-Tip), bassist NeonPhoenix (Kanye West, Jay-Z), keyboardist Neal Evans (Talib Kweli, John Scofield), as well as backing vocalists Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters, White has taken a much different creative route on Boarding House Reach.
As critically venerated a figure as Jack White is in the landscape of modern rock, it's been a surprisingly long time since his music has generated as much public interest as his tireless self-promotional efforts as a specialty vinyl huckster, record-label mogul, and ranting Luddite. But even as White continues to set the industry abuzz without having to pick up a guitar—his recent decision to ban cellphones on his upcoming tour has predictably rankled many and overjoyed others—his third solo album, Boarding House Reach, is his first to play like a major career statement. A postmodern assault of freaked-out sonic ataxia, it's messy, wildly uneven, and at times even close to unlistenable, but its sheer audacity makes it utterly intriguing.