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Posted by: Dave on June 22, 2007 at 8:48 am

WhiteStripesIckyThumpSound: At times Icky Thump is a return to their stripped-down-and-simple shredding blues guitar, wailing possessed howl and stomping primal drums setup. However, organ accents several tracks and they make room for some oddball sounds like mariachi trumpets in a bullfight and droning bagpipes under folky guitar. The mellower, breezier and more country tracks yield some of the best results. Ultimately, it’s a pretty mixed bag, but it all feels like The White Stripes.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)”; “Effect and Cause”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Little Cream Soda”; “300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues”; “Icky Thump”
Recommended: Once again, The White Stripes present a leaner and grittier version of Led Zeppelin that can be just as primal…or just as pretty. But Jack White, of course, is a singular evil genius, so there’s no need to get caught up in any imitation comparisons. The musicianship he displays and the ambitious production once again makes for another riveting White Stripes recording. However, if you’re a fan of the top-notch songwriting and the hits they’ve cranked out on their last three albums, you won’t get as much of that on Icky Thump. There are a few exceptions, but their sixth album favors performance and mood over obvious pop tunes.
Grade: B+

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One Response to “The White Stripes Icky Thump (Warner Brothers)”

  1. Chip Says:

    I agree with you about the songwriting being de-emphasized but there is something totally infectious about this album. I think the mix of instrumentation and styles used on this album is interesting as well.

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