This is a great CD. All within this one little record they certainly pack a big punch and channel the Beatles ("The Air beneath my fingers"), vintage blues ("ball and biscuit"), the Velvet Underground's Mo Tucker ("in the cold, cold night") while still keeping everything completely original. Truly the White Stripes are like no other band-- sure, you can call them gimmicky and simple-- but that's what makes them so unique and sets them apart from all the other over-produced, filtered-through Kurt Cobain wannabes on MTV.
I really feel like I must address this whole "they can't play their instruments" thing. First of all, sure there are kids in my high school who are 12 years younger than Jack and amazing guitar players. Sure, someone can say they could kick Meg's ass on drums-- but the difference is, the White Stripes have put out four albums, written many many original songs, brought back rock'n'roll in radio's time of need, and realized what is most important-- creating something raw, with energy and feeling, no matter how "minimal" it is. I think Meg is a great drummer, and that's because she knows exactly what to put into the song. So what if she plays simple beats? I truly don't think some fancy guy who could play a million drum fills would complement Jack's guitar playing and singing as well as Meg does. I even read an interview with Jack and he said that he's tried playing with other drummers and it just doesn't sound right. I think that the White Stripes deserve all the attention and certainly all the "hype"... they are talented musicians because they realize what makes rock'n'roll music truly GOOD.