This one doesn’t sneak up on you. “Just One Drink” is as subtle as a slap across the face after a long night at the bar. That’s the enduring charm of Jack White, despite the crazy outfits, the curio recording booth, the world’s-fastest-record stunts, the heartbreaking split with Meg. (No, actually, we’re not over that yet.)
See, deep down, somewhere tucked away under all of that hipster modernity, is a stone-cold blues lover. And “Just One Drink,” the latest advance track from the June 10, 2014 release Lazaretto proves it.
Sure, he can glam it up, get all weird, go on national TV with Neil Young and suborn an utterly needless cover of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy.” Jack White is the definition of all of the map. But he can also unleash something like this, something that gets to the marrow of what made those old Chess guys great — digging back past barbeque-slathered Texas updates from Stevie Ray, the raggedy-ass junkie approximations of the Stones, and the fidgety raveups of the Yardbirds, all the way back to the face-melting original feel.
Then, he’ll throw in a creaky violin in the middle eight, before crashing back into this song’s shotgun shack-rattling groove. He is Jack White, after all.