This is the best song from Jack White’s 2014 Lazaret­to al­bum, and it was the cen­ter­piece of the show last time I saw him play. It’s most­ly acous­tic, thus has to stand on its own sans bom­bas­tic gui­tar flour­ish­es. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jack’s bom­bas­tic­s, but it’s good to let a song speak for it­self, and Tem­po­rary Ground has a lot to say.

Gosh, I do seem to write about Jack White a lot; in par­tic­u­lar about his re­cent record­ings and a re­cent con­cert. Here’s why: He shares a lot of my ideas about how songs should be writ­ten, how rock&roll ought to be played, and how to record it. Al­so, he’s like thir­ty years younger than me, so I an­tic­i­pate him pro­vid­ing part of my min­i­mum re­quired electric-music dosage in­to my grave.

Back to the song, which is a lilt­ing melod­ic num­ber; re­cent per­for­mances have fea­tured acous­tic vi­o­lin and pedal-steel gui­tar, but it’s per­fect­ly pos­si­ble that the next time Jack goes out on the road, he’ll pack­age it up as a gui­tar an­them or a-capella chan­t, he’s like that. The lyrics don’t add up to much but have some phras­es that sound good float­ing over the acous­tic back­drop.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy, Ama­zon, iTunes, live video - strong cam­era work and with his tiny per­fect vi­o­lin­ist, in­ti­mate stu­dio take, good live sound.

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