As with most of Jack White’s musical output, “Boarding House Reach” is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. His fondness for experimentation, which extends from genre to structure to format, marks this album from beginning to end with his esoteric charms and largely determine the outcome of each song. Tracks like “Why Walk a Dog?” and “Hypersimophoniac” may as well be direct conduits to White’s most pretentious impulses, but it’s the tighter, more traditional songs like “Over and Over and Over” and “Humoresque” that provide the record’s backbone. Overall it’s not for everyone, but those looking for something that sounds both similar and foreign at once may find this satisfying.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)