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The White Stripes

The White Stripes Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Rock Is Supposed to Be May 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow, what a great album. This is one of the times when you are unsure at first but every listen gets better and better. I might even go as far as to say it is my favorite now. It is so simple, so passionate, so very good.
Often I judge an album on its first five tracks. If an album can pack a punch in its first 5 songs, it is likely great throughout. That is certainly the case here (an interesting debate would be whether the first 5 songs are better on this album or on De Stijl but thats a different issue). Jimmy the Exploder, Stop Breaking Down and Big Three are the first 3 tracks. They are all hard rock and awesome, Stop Breaking Down being my favorite. Then just as rocking as it was going it instantly slows down. Suzy Lee is the next song. It is slow but it may be the best song on the album. Followed up by Suger Never Tasted So Good- a melodic song with great lyrics and an even better feel. All in all, the first 5 tracks are enough to win you over. Maybe not the first listen maybe not the second, but eventually.
The middle of the album drops off slightly in quality but it is still good. And you will probably still be reeling from the first 5 anyway. Other things to note are the AWESOME guitar riff on Screwdriver, the eccentricity of One More Cup of Coffee, and the trancelike music of I Fought Piranhas. An interesting thing to note is the longest song is just a hair over three minutes. It really is a shame because on many of the tracks, it will leave you wanting much much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What you get from the White Stripes April 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I just wrote a review for Elephant after reading a few negative reviews of the album, but I should have waited. It seams with the White Stripes in general if you want generic melodic predictable modern pop-rock you may be dissapointed. I found it humorous that someone actually gave this band three stars instead of five because they thought the drum track was off rhythm on the album. Yes the White Stripes are an old blues riffed rock and roll project, but jezz can you get any less predictable and blase then (fill in the blank with any "clear channel" or any other mega-corp radio station song.) When people think Coldplay is a progressive rock band its time to call in the White Stripes. Let me put it this way my wifes cousin is in the band Saliva. Recorded- they suck monstro - live they are stupendous. With the White Stripes recorded they are live and live they are untouchable in the new millenium of rock and roll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the ninties Oct. 12 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The White Stripes are definatly one of the best bands to emerge out of the ninties. They've continued to stay relivent after the hype from Elephant, and have maintained a vast loyal fan base of people of all ages around the world. Although you have to see the Detroit duo live to get full perspective as to how great they are, this album definatly delivers.
Jimmy the Exploder- Meg exercises some drum talent, while Jack wails away. High energy and incredibly fun to sing along and dance to.
Stop Breaking Down- Cool song to work along to.
The Big Three Killed My Baby- Jack states his hatred for auto companies. "Now my hands are turning red, and I found out my baby is dead!"
Suzy Lee- Nice meloncholy slide guitar song. Slow and calming.
Sugar Never Tasted So Good- Fun to play on guitar, a nice little accoustic song with a funny little percussion "solo".
Wasting My Time- Definatly a highlight. Slow, sad, song with a cool guitar fills.
Cannon- A very trancey song. The drumming is very basic, but almost hypnotic.
Astro- A fan favourite. A song about secret activites, with Jack suspecting people of doing the Astro.
Broken Bricks- A nice rock n' roll song. Very fast and upbeat.Cool distorted guitar.
When I Hear My Name- Not too impressive on the album, but live it's mind blowing.
Do- A Dylan cover I believe. I don't understand the poor reaction from it, I think it's brilliant.
Screwdriver- One of my favourites. Great guitar work. Spooky in a way.
One More Cup of Coffee- A Dylan cover, I don't care if you hate me for saying it, but better than the original I think.
Little People- Probably the worst song on the album, but still half decent which is saying something.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut May 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
...and they got even better, with "De Stijl" and "Elephant".
Good garage-blues-rock, with a scaled-down sound (just guitar and drums). Reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's first two albums, and you can't get a much bigger compliment than that. Gets better with each listen, as good albums should.
The only gripe I have is that there is a degree of "sameness" between the tracks - they could have done better by trimming a few tracks off the album, and maybe worked on introducing some more variety.
The best tracks are "Stop breaking down" (a cover of the Robert Johnson classic, though for the definitive version listen to the Rolling Stones' version on "Exile on Main Street"), "Suzy Lee" and "Sugar never tasted so good".
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Format:Audio CD
The minimalist thing is done to perfection by Jack and Meg on this album...but wait till you hear what Jack White can do on guitar with a fully-rockin' band with him...
I recommend checking out Jack White in his first band "THE GO" on the album "WATCHA DOIN'" Absolutely righteous!
The White Stripes are a great band limited only by the fact that there's only two of them. With such a limited cast-- you have to be multi-faceted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure yet . . .
The best thing going for this CD review-wise is the fact that people either seem to love it or hate it. That's a sign that something good is happenning here, isn't it. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by D.P. Merde
1.0 out of 5 stars wish i could give it 0 stars...
this album is beyond terrible. i just don't see what people seem to like so much about the white stripes. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Timmy P
I think this cd is great. It is better than their last two, mainly because it doesn't have as many slow, pastel-ey songs, such as #6, and #7, on Elephant. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by i like your nose frauline
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovable chaos
Though the White Stripes claim to not want to evolve as a band, preferring to stay at their primitive and awesome level, you really can see how they've grown a bit since this very... Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by "egyptianring"
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty rockin album
I admit that I'm a 70's 80's rock fan and haven't bought many rock albums in the intervening decades. Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by M. H. Bayliss
3.0 out of 5 stars auspicious debut
First off, as a new fan who grabbed all four of the White Stripes records within the scope of a week, I would advise anyone who has been weened on 'Elephant' (2003) or 'White Blood... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by S B
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmm, White Stripes
This, thier first album, is the best I have heard so far (I haven't listened to DJ Stijl yet). Cannon has some o the bewst guitar work I have heard in a while. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars candy colored rockers
Whether It's Trying To Follow Other Band's Footsteps,Or Trying To Form Their Own Path (which they've done on every song they've done),The white stripes rock. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004
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