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Don't be mistaken by the modernist cover and obscure title, The White Stripes' De Stijl certainly doesn't deal in the abstract. Primarily interested in the raw, passionate sounds of the blues (cited influences include legendary guitarists Robert Johnson and Charley Patton) as well as blues influenced 70s rock, Meg and Jack White create their own punked-up rhythm and blues that is direct and incredibly soulful. Singing of childhood memories, injustices and lost loves with tracks such as "Sister, Do You Know My Name?" and "Jumble, Jumble", they seem to inhabit an innocent world which fits oddly well with the type of fervent, shambolic music they make and, you suspect, could sound positively "twee" without it. From the disjointed thrashy, stop-start rant of "Hello Operator", the 60s beat pop of "Pretty Good Looking" and the Blind Willie McTell cover "Your Southern Can is Mine" De Stijl shows a band beginning to carve out a sound for themselves. Less heavy than the guitar crunching follow-up--White Blood Cells, De Stijl is a more diverse collection of songs, hinting that there is much more to the Detroit duo than first meets the eye. -Caroline Butler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The record starts with a power-pop ditty, "You're Pretty Good Looking" (in the same vein as "Here Comes My Girl"). Next is a blistering "Hello Operator" - think AC/DC meets The Animals. But hard rock is probably the least represented genre on here ("Let's Build a Home" and "Jumble Jumble" being the only other tunes on here).
As you slide (pun intended) into the Zeppelinesque blues of "Little Bird" this point, you realize that on no other White Stripes record are the influences of Jack White more apparent. "Apple Blossom" is a pleasant acoustic number that you swear belongs on the Beatles white album (1968), and "Sister, Do You Know My Name" could easily fit on the Rolling Stones' 'Beggars' Banguet' (1968), and the cover of "Your Southern Can Is Mine" would not be out of place on 'Led Zeppelin III' (1970).
The highpoints include the acoustic "I'm Bound to Pack It Up", complete with violin accompanyment, and the somber "ballad", "Truth Doesn't Make a Noise", the latter of which certainly should have been a single. Both show a level of growth from their auspicious debut that makes this LP the commercial breakthrough that could have been.
God knows, I'm not against glowing reviews. It's mostly what I write but when I think something is being over hyped, I feel a need to let readers know that there is disagreement and boy is there disagreement. I can't help it, I Calls Em The Waaz I Seez Em!
The reason I have this very overrated piece of #@^* is because I read some of the glowing reviews. In the end the music is as antiseptic as the scene depicted on the album cover.
White Stripes was recommended to me by an acquaintance and I'd read some good reviews on them, so when I had a chance to buy one of their many albums for under $10, I did. Now I've probably purchased over a thousand albums in my lifetime and my experience was that, even bad albums, had at least a song or two that you could get into. Unfortunately I couldn't get into any of the songs. Now I have heard and like Seven Nation Army on their Elephant album. Why I didn't get that instead of this one I don't know. At least I would like at least one song on that one.
Then I heard Jack White on the Grammies and he played the absolute worst guitar solo I have ever heard. So I give, what's so great about White Stripes?
I just thought you would like to know that just because White Stripes is popular, doesn't mean you are going to go ga ga over them and If you have and like Elephant, there's no guarantees that you'll like De Stijl.
Well, for one thing De Stijl sounds very, very garagey. The production is gritty and honest, with almost no studio gloss present. The minimalist approach works wonders here.
Jack White is an excellent guitarist, and very proficient at the open-A, slide guitar blues of this album. His overpowering, rich guitar totally eclipses the need for a base player. On De Stijl, his vocals sound like that of a young Robert Plant. Although Meg is not the most competent drummer out there, she merely functions to keep time while Jack rips away on his guitar. Lyrics are simple yet often profound, with no pretension or angst rife among nu-metal bands these days.
Highlights include You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl), Hello Operator (got to love that "solo" that Meg does), Apple Blossom, I'm Bound To Pack It Up, Death Letter (my favorite), Truth Doesn't Make A Noise, and the hard rockers Let's Build A Home and Jumble Jumble. If there's a throwaway track, it's probably the weak cover of Your Southern Can Is Mine--way too much country for my liking.
The White Stripes may eventually better this one (their new album Elephant looks promising) but this is their best so far. The Strokes have a stronger debut and the Hives' Veni Vidi Vicious is nothing to sneeze at, but De Stijl will definitely satisfy your neo-garage rock fix. Recommended.
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1. You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl- This is catchy, though short. it's only about two minutes long.