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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.Read more ›
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.
Jimmy the Exploder-- Simple, childlike, but energetic and passionate so that it's fun.
Stop Breaking Down-- Robert Johnson cover, maybe my favorite song on the CD. Love the drumming.
The Big 3 Killed My Baby-- Impassioned and raw (gee, what's new?) Jack's protest song, very cool.
Suzy Lee-- Johnny Walker of the Soledad Brothers assists with slide guitar. Cool song.
Sugar Never Tasted So Good-- Weird, but nice.
Wasting My Time-- Dramatic breakup song. Fun to sing along with!
Cannon-- "Tell me who's that writin'? John the Revelator!"
Astro-- So catchy it's ridiculous, makes you want to do a Frankenstein-style dance
Broken Bricks-- Another of my favorites. Frantic, almosts swing-dance style. I like the cowbell sound in it as well!
When I Hear My Name-- Almost too short to be a song, but I've felt just like the lyrics of it (all two of them, heh)
Do-- Really fun to play on guitar. Hard to describe, but fab.
Screwdriver-- Most awesome of guitar riffs. Intense vocal delivery, Very cool!
One More Cup of Coffee-- All hail Dylan! Great cover!Read more ›
That said, the first two rockers, "Jimmy the Explorer" and a cover of Robert Johnson's "Stop Breaking Down", are like a breath of fresh air. There are other hints of greatness here as well, including the power blues of "Suzy Lee", the acoustic blues of "Sugar Never Tasted So Good" (the latter being a taste of what was to come with the follow-up record, 'De Stijl' (2000)), and the old-school blues (we're talking 1930s here) of "St. James Infirmary Blues".
The problem with the record is the one dimensional aspect - by the time you get to the third track, "The Big Three Killed My Baby", the novelty of Jack White running his voice through a guitar amp and the minimalism of Meg White's drumming starts to wear a bit thin. But hey, it was their first record, they would learn . . .
For the new listener, I recommend trying out White Stripes in the following order: (1) De Stijl; (2) Elephant; (3) White Blood Cells; and (4) White Stripes.
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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 morePublished on June 27 2004 by D.P. Merde
this album is beyond terrible. i just don't see what people seem to like so much about the white stripes. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Timmy P
...and they got even better, with "De Stijl" and "Elephant".
Good garage-blues-rock, with a scaled-down sound (just guitar and drums). Read more
I just wrote a review for Elephant after reading a few negative reviews of the album, but I should have waited. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Jared A. Jacobson
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... Read morePublished on April 6 2004
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 morePublished on March 13 2004 by i like your nose frauline
I admit that I'm a 70's 80's rock fan and haven't bought many rock albums in the intervening decades. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by M. H. Bayliss
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 morePublished on Jan. 29 2004