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This is not another dirty, creepy lo-fi album from the basement (though the album’s closer “Effect and Cause” is a reminder), but a full-fledged attack from Nashville’s Blackbird Studios. “Icky Thump,” the song, is an unusual single, moody and creepy, and Icky Thump, the album, is a smorgasbord of sound, a whiplash tour through the genre junkshop that is White’s musical consciousness.

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Who'da Thunk?

The White Stripes have done it again, sticking to their roots while still changing their musical style completely, yet still writing fantastic music, from lyrics to beats to guitar riffs that will knock you out of your seat. This album is probably Jack and Meg's best album as a duo, because they use so much experimentation throughout the songs. Play by play: Icky Thump: We've already all heard this one; a slightly political song with a killer riff and amazingly danceable melody. Better than seven nation army? Almost. You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told): Another great song, this one tackles what Jack loves to tackle, killer riffs with killer melody. 300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues: This one sounds like it is straight out of the old blues greats. Reminiscent of great Rolling Stone's songs, this is highly entertaining for a slower song. Conquest: A killer cover that Jack and Meg pull off BEAUTIFULLY. As far as this song goes, it may be the best on the album, with the trumpet/guitar epic dual that closes the song's final minute and a half. Bone Broke: Typical White Stripes, with a strong riff, strong beats, and good lyrics. Something to show the fans that the "Elephant" days haven't died just yet. Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn: An experimental scottish folk song, complete with bagpipes and what could be labeled as "yoddeling" by Jack. This song accomplishes what Little Ghost failed to on Get Behind Me Satan, showing off extremely versatile songwriting capabilities while still being entertaining. St. Andrew (This Battle Is In The Air): A continuation of Prickly Thorn, performed by Meg, this song might as well be the White Stripes attempting alt/prog/indie rock in the OK Computer era. It serves as the palate cleanser of the album, preparing you for another taste of White Stripes' glory: the second half of the album! Little Cream Soda: This song has the best instrumentals of the album, with a fast metal riff that Jack ripped off of a bootleg of...himself! Oh well oh well oh well, he proclaims with blues/rock glory. A fantastic song, the loudest of the album, sure to be a crowd pleaser. Rag and Bone: The glory days of the blues have returned, and Jack and Meg play off this theatric song with elegance. Hilarious lyrics, completely serious instrumentals that are sure to blow you out of your seat, with an amazing bass-line courtesy of Jack and his guitar. I'm Slowly Turning Into You: This song seems to be cut up into pieces, but that almost makes it make sense. Check out the 30 second preview to see what I mean. A Martyr for my Love For You: Amazing song with another great riff, this song will be great for mix-tapers. Catch Hell Blues: This song may as well start off performed by Robert Johnson, but he slowly turns into Jack White, going from blues to rock. If you close your eyes, you can hear the entirety of rock's history happen before you in an instant, with all of its glory that it deserves. Cheers. Effect and Cause: A meaningful song with a paradoxical phrase that makes sense, this song takes advantage of more heavy, loud White Stripes music. Enjoy.


Jack White destroys.

Uniquely Amazing

The White Stripes are probably the only band who can work bagpipes, a Mariachi band, and a 1946 Univox synthesizer (a very early synthesizer that can only produce one note at a time) into a stripped-down hard rock album. Every track is unique, and amazing in its own right. "Little Cream Soda" is an absolutely huge song, and I can't wait to hear them play this one live. "Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn" is an Irish/Celtic song that recalls drinking a pint in an Irish pub. I could go on and on about each song, but you just have to listen to it just like any other White Stripes album: the whole thing, straight through. The quirky songs are good, the ballads are good, the hard rock songs are good. There should be a picture of the White Stripes in the dictionary next to "perfection." Buy this album; you'll thank me later.


Formed: 1997 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The White Stripes formed on Bastille Day in 1997, aiming to create simple, vigorous rock & roll with little more than Meg White's percussion and Jack White's guitar-and-vocal attack. Meg's drumming was deliberate and straightforward, while Jack's formidable guitar skills paid homage to garage rock, blues, and punk. A former drummer for the Detroit-based country outfit Goober & the Peas, he also displayed an affinity for American folk music, and the White Stripes took strength in the varied interests...
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