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Icky Thump

A lot of people didn’t think there would be another White Stripes album after Jack White had so much success with the Raconteurs, and obviously they were wrong. The White Stripes get back into it with “Icky Thump.” Some things are different this time around with the White Stripes; they recorded in Nashville in a more professional studio. They are back to their roots so to speak- where “Get Behind Me Satan” had some mainstream accessibility to it- this new album has more of the grittiness that the older White Stripes stuff did and is generally some of the most creative stuff the duo has done to date. For a band with two members, The White Stripes have always been incredibly deep and diverse. It seems like they implement hundreds of different elements into their music- and that element is on “Icky Thump” too. That’s clearly heard with the slight acoustic guitar holding steady throughout the song “300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpuor Blues”, or the bagpipes and loud thumps of “St. Andrew”, or even the bullfighting horns and matador sounds of “Conquest.” The songs that I just mentioned are quality songs with “300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues” probably being the best one out of the group. A couple other great tracks to come off of this album include the single “Icky Thump” and “Rag & Bone.” My pick for most valuable song on the set has to go to track two on the album: “You Don’t Know What Love Is” has some of the best guitar work on the album and has an great hook for a White Stripes song. With 13 tracks that are incredibly diverse there are several great tracks with a few misses. It’s not the White Stripes best album to date but it’s definitely a good addition their catalog and it’s also a big accomplishment for an album that not a lot of people thought wasn’t going to happen.


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