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Granted, it's not terrible either. But "Get Behind Me Satan" is perhaps the weakest album the Stripes have yet put out, after four albums of solid, bluesy rock'n'roll. And what is wrong with it, exactly? It feels unfinished, like a wonderful album that needs another six months to reach its potential.
It opens with a dark, sludgy riff that cycles around itself several times, before Jack White's high voice slips in: "You got a reaction/You got a reaction didn't, you?/You took a white orchid/You took a white orchid -- turned it blue..." Then he launches off into a string of embittered snaps, telling an unnamed lover that her lips "taste sour."
It's followed by a grim string of tropical-tinged rock, bluesy rhythms, murky ballads and some slightly creepy country-flavoured songs. There's even a song that is played only on drums and piano, with Jack singing wistfully about dying friends, pictures, memories and so on.
With that tone in mind, the White Stripes manage a few more sizzling rockers, but seem to be leaning more on the slower songs toward the end. Though they rouse up a blistering blast of rock'n'roll in "Red Rain," the melancholy end to all this is the mournful "I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet)," with its meandering piano and sorrowful vocals.
Whether you like them or not, it has to be admitted that the White Stripes have become a major force in modern rock'n'roll, to the point where other bands rip them off. Their rough, raw, bluesy sound has gotten them fans of all types, and unlike many rock groups, they actually have some decent rock (REAL rock, not pop!) to back them up.
But the fact is, these songs don't really feel finished.Read more ›
Believe me, I like weird and spontaneity but I don't think this is it. I guess because I liked Elephant that I would like this. I'm not quite sure about it yet. Maybe it grows on you.
As said in the other review, I payed $9 and got a free cd, the blue orchid single which has 4 songs on it. (Blue orchid is great)
I suggest trying to listen to it before you buy it, it's not for everyone.
The results are as amazing as they are confounding. Anyone expecting White Blood Cells or Elephant Part 2 will likely be disappointed with this disc. But for all the Stripes fans who knew there was even more creativity beneath their great garage-blues sheen, GBMS is a sign of exciting things to come. Jack and Meg have combined everything they learned from Jack's foray into bluegrass, while he has developed his own take on Robert Plant's signature vocal delivery. The results are something that isn't quite signature White Stripes, isn't quite Zep and isn't quite Loretta Lynn. Here, rather, is something new and different that the music world is better for having been given.
There's nothing as immediately catchy here as Seven Nation Army or Fell in Love With a Girl, and the album as a whole is less a sonic kick in the arse a la Elephant, as it is an adventure in melodic boundaries. Ultimately though, this disc ranks comfortably amongst the group's greatest efforts.
It's not a throw away album...the sound was probably intentional and I'll give Jack credit for making such a bold move, his lyrics are always great...and he does break out the slide guitar on "Red Rain" (love his slide work) It'll take more time to grow on me.....
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Probably their most insular, least immediate album. Not the first White Stripes album you'll reach for, but give it some time it grows into one of their best. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zen Archer
Pretty sure Jack and Meg are mentally ill, but YOLO. Their music is fabulous..creative, innovative, and totally original. Detroit rockers are pretty effective herePublished on Nov. 27 2012 by Langer
Another forgetable CD you should not purchase! Besides the song get behind me satan, you wish you did not purchase this album.Published on July 21 2008 by Martine
Guaranteed to be the "White Album" for the White Stripes.
A keeper for sure.
I love them, they're great. They're so different than any other band out now, and that in itself makes them even more super cool bcause the majority of music out now is crap. Read morePublished on March 19 2006
is the best sng on this album it has some wierdnoises but i lik itPublished on Sept. 17 2005 by guns n roses fan
IV ALWAYS LIKED THE WHITE STRIPES SINCE THRE self titled album they just got better with white blood cells then ELEPHANT WITCH YET AGAIN FAILED TO DISAPIONT EVERY TRACK WAS GOOD NO... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2005 by Tom
First off I've been a big White Stripes fan since I saw them on SNL a few years ago. After that I immediately went out and bought their first three albums, listened to them lots... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2005 by Richard J. Lorenz
Get Behind Me Satan is a pretty solid album. Those looking for a strong rock album may not like this, mainly because for the most part, this isn't the typical White Stripes. Read morePublished on June 29 2005