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White Blood Cells

The White StripesAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)

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The White Stripes formed on Bastille Day in 1997, aiming to create simple, vigorous rock & roll with little more than Meg White's percussion and Jack White's guitar-and-vocal attack. Meg's drumming was deliberate and straightforward, while Jack's formidable guitar skills paid homage to garage rock, blues, and punk. A former drummer for the ... Read more in Amazon's The White Stripes Store

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B001AP11LG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
2. Hotel Yorba
3. I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman
4. Fell in Love with a Girl
5. Expecting
6. Little Room
7. The Union Forever
8. The Same Boy You've Always Known
9. We're Going to Be Friends
10. Offend in Every Way
11. I Think I Smell a Rat
12. Aluminum
13. I Can't Wait
14. Now Mary
15. I Can Learn
16. This Protector

Editorial Reviews

2008 reissue of White Blood Cells, the third album by alternative rock band The White Stripes. The band's commercial breakthrough, this 2001 album went gold,spinning off the Top 20 Modern Rock hits 'Fell In Love With A Girl' and 'Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground.' White Blood Cells peaked at number 61 on the Billboard 200 and it reached number 55 in the UK, being bolstered in both territories by the "Fell in Love with a Girl" single. The album was dedicated to Loretta Lynn, creating a friendship between Lynn and both Jack and Meg White. In 2004, Jack White would produce Lynn's comeback hit album Van Lear Rose.16 tracks.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie this, Indie that... Indie Smindie... July 13, 2002
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All this [stuff] about indie cred and all that, I personally couldn't care less, a band is what they are, as long as they truly have talent. White Stripes have said talent. I picked up this album on a whim, after all, why not, I found it rather cheap. From the only song I'd heard from them (Fell in love with a girl) I was expecting a fairly average but typically same sounding Punk album, boy was I wrong. In fact, Fell in love is the only song on the album that sounds like that, and that isn't a bad thing.
The songs here are very stylistically varied, especially when their almost all Guitar and drum exclusively. From the second I popped the album in I was shocked. Sure, they've got musical influences, does that really make their music bad. Especially when they take punk, grunge, 60-70's rock, blues, and even some folk and put them into a pot stir it up and actually come out with an album that makes it all gel.
"Dead leaves" is a go stop go stop rocker with Robert-Plantish vocals (as are much of Jack White's vocals.) "Hotel" is the song I get the whole "Folky" thing from, it reminds me of a more rocking something Dylan might have written. "Fell in Love" Again is 100% classic punk sound, period. "Little Room" is an odd 50 second drum and vocals only track, sounding almost like a demo but yet after the initial oddity of it you'll find yourself singing and lalaing along with it every time it comes on (or at least I do). "Union Forever" is Slow Unplugged Nirvana-ish, one of my faves. "Gonna be Friends" is a sweet acoustic song reminiscing about school. "Smell a rat" reminds me much of something Radiohead might have put on Pablo Honey, very odd at first, another one of my faves that gets me singing along.
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here We Go.....! October 14, 2002
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In White Blood Cells, the Stripes are beginning to bloom into a legend. Jack White is obviously developing at light speed right now. Sure he sounded like some kind of Robert Plant novice on De Stijl, but on Cells he's what Curt Cobain should have done eventually with Nirvanna or what Mick could have been if he had taken Jumpin' Jack Flash to the limit. Don't get me wrong....Jack is Jack, no way is he a pale imitation of anybody else, no matter how famous they are. And without Meg backing him like she's the muscle in his spine there would be no Stripes at all.
Dead Leaves spotlights Jack's guitar at a time when he's running full tilt boogie. The essence of punk is in Fell In Love With A Girl, and there is time for quirky stuff where the song won't go away (like Hotel Yorba). All 16 tracks are solid, the CD is one that you will run over and over and over until it's part of who you are.
You really don't know how raw guitar can be until you hear the Stripes in full roar. And Jack will always catch you off guard.....slow downs that make you wanna burst.....triple chords that make you wanna dance....wailing shafts of sound that give you chills.....abrasive isn't the right word.....this sound is so harsh it can draw individual nerve fibers right out of your brain while you love every second of it. This is one that you have to hear to really be alive.
Stripes make you realize that even if Green Day were the best of their era, this is how much better they could have been; this is how the Stones must have sounded at the Crawdaddy Club in 64; this is why all those hype-bands like the Hives & Vines will never last; this is nothing less than the start of the 3rd age of rock and roll. These guys have it.....the blinding future of rock may be in their hands.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Germ-killing January 24, 2002
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It's good to see that the White Stripes are linked (in the press and on, anyway) to the Strokes. However, the White Stripes cash the check that the Strokes have written. Rock and Roll is a lot of things to a lot of people: the Strokes represent the image and the attitude; the Stripes represent a more powerful, yet innocent facet. Detractors are quick to point out the lack of technical ability in the drum department - but it works quite well with the style. Can you imagine a Neil Peart playing over "Fell in Love with a Girl"? It embodies the old punk ethos that sincerity is more important than ability (which works much better for rock music than, say, flying an airplane!). The most striking track on this disc was "We're Going to be Friends". I kept waiting for the schoolboy story to go horribly awry or lapse into some Korn-esque molestation tale, but instead it remained uncorrupted and innocent throughout. The world-weariest track is probably "The Union Forever" - but instead of being whiny and/or jaded-sounding, it takes more of a "rage, rage against the dying of a light" approach. When Jack White sings about "true love" not existing, he sounds honestly like someone who - at some point - believed that it did.
There's no self-defeating irony to be found anywhere on this album, which is a refreshing change. It's a narrow fence to tread upon - taking yourself seriously without taking yourself TOO seriously. The Stripes do this wonderfully. The slide guitar is noticeably absent, and this is more poppy than their subsequent releases, but the spirit remains intact. Indie hipster types are bored of faux-Pavement cleverness and are looking for something a bit more substantial. The Strokes are for the parents and the White Stripes are for the kids. And who was rock and roll invented for, anyway?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful album.
Published 13 days ago by musicfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
Great cuts, superlative quality acoustics! Great use of vinyl for deep rich sound. Classic White Stripes at their very best!
Published 1 month ago by D. G. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars best band ever
Such an important album, just before Elephant, Jack was forming the sound of the white stripes and this album is a good showing before perfection was achieved.
Published 5 months ago by David Danner Day II
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I wont get long and windy here, this is my favorite Stripes album, just hits on all cylinders.
I followed this one up with Deja. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Boss
5.0 out of 5 stars white stripes
there is not a single bad song on this album.must have if you are into the garage, gritty, simplistic sound
Published 5 months ago by raymond nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my library
I had not known of this band until recently when I heard a current song from Jack White which promoted me to buy a few of his older albums. Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. Benevenga
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of "music"
I bought it for one song and I don't like any of the other songs. I was hoping it would be better. I never heard of the group until I heard one of their songs song on THE VOICE.
Published 7 months ago by jason ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality review (not a music review)
VERY high quality album! Heavy vinyl and very nice sleeve for the album. The jacket is nice and heavy as well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cole W
4.0 out of 5 stars ROCKS!
I am really enjoying rocking out to this album. What more would you expect though, Its THE WHITE STRIPES!! would definitely recommend
Published 10 months ago by niknik
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
Elephant may have really made them popular, but this album is excellent track-for-track. I have the repress from Third Man Records on 180g vinyl and it is one of the cleanest and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andrew
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