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MP3 Music, May 24, 2010
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The White Stripes are back with the most bombastic album they've ever produced! While revealing the band's roots in American folk music, Icky Thump is an explosive, revolutionary assault that brings together garage rock, every blues style of the past 100 years, nouveau, and flamenco. This is truly a modern rock and roll masterpiece!
Bagpipes, a song written as the soundtrack to a Michel Gondry music video, Patti Page's musical shadow, and Jack and Meg co-narrating a scavenger's rummages: It must be time for Icky Thump, the many-flavored riposte to 2006's Get Behind Me Satan. The duo starts big with the title track--Jack's fast-tumbling, falsetto-tinged lyrics jagging on hyper keyboard-sounding segues and Meg's pounding drums. They rarely shy from an idea, invoking acoustic Bob Dylan to frame "300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues," but interjecting a series of distortion-laden guitar paroxysms for good measure. The end of Icky, on "Effect and Cause," is where Jack's trademark vocal warble and spare, quick acoustic strums meet Meg's single-minded beats. Everywhere on Icky giant riffs leap and shout, with Flamenco horns and those eerie bagpipes and rhythmic shifts and Jack's impatient vocal kinetics, marking new territories even as the White Stripes again populate them with vintage ideas. --Andrew Bartlett
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Since everyone else has to do it: My order: De Stijl, Icky Thump, Elephant, Get Behind me Satan, White Blood Cells, The White Stripes
My early favs:
1) Catch Hell Blues--no one really has mentioned this gem in other reviews--but like the under appreciated "Red Rain" from the last album has an epic feel to it.
2) You Don't Know What Love Is. Great song. Sounds like a earlier improvement on punk songs like Fell in Love with a Girl, etc.
3) Icky Thump. Title track continues to rope folks in.
4) Rag and Bone. Great all around deep song.
5) Conquest. New angle and shows Jack's vocal depth.
Get this album if you are a long term fan of the Stripes. Get this album if you are interested in a great American band whose fame hasn't soured their sound.
Much like the music on the cds of the White Stripes, the artwork on the albums are confined within the style that is the Whites! Often a black and white photo with red splashes of color and objects of symbolism always continue to show just how complete their albums are in design and thought. This cd sounds as fun as the cover photos where Meg and Jack are dressed like characters out of a scene from 'Mary Poppins'. In contrast, the photos inside the cd booklet are simple and carefree, while maintaining the expression that Jack and Meg balance each other. I am suggesting the cd 'Icky Thump' to friends and family. As a fan, I often have candycane dreams of White Stripes!
Although I was a bit jarred by the competing grooves in the song, I couldn't help but feel that someone captured a sort of Jimmy Page riff. I nearly assumed it must be a classic rock band, but later found out it was the White Stripes. Beyond that, the way that song was mixed was incredible. That bass drum is huge!
Jack White has a gift for riffs and this album showcases several gems. One of my favorites was in "You don't know what love is..." Great guitar solo in that as well.