The White Stripes
The White Stripes


3.0
good

Review

by Chewbacca USER (32 Reviews)
August 12th, 2005 | 16 replies | 13,398 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

There's no doubt that the turn of the century marked an outburst of garage-rock. You had bands like the Strokes, the Vines, the Hives, and most importantly, the White Stripes. The thing that makes the Stripes the most unique of all of the bands listed above is that there are only two members, both dressed up in white and red clothes, like two human peppermints. Their sound was even more simple and bare than the other bands, a result of just guitar and drums. Over all of it, Jack White yelps out somewhat odd, but earnest lyrics that are hardly inaudible most of the time. They later became huge after the release of White Blood Cells, and are now one of the most recognizeable bands to come up in this past century. The White Stripes was their first album, released in 1999.

The White Stripes, as stated earlier, is a very raw, bare-bones album, with no fringe to the songs at all. Jack White's guitar playing is loud, raunchy, reverb-soaked, and metallic, while Meg White's drumming is amazingly simple, almost like a cave-woman version of Ringo Starr, but a hell of a lot louder and thumping. Jack sings with reckless abandon, sometimes yelping over the garage-rock chaos, sometimes singing quietly. Though his voice tends to be a bit peculiar in some areas, it actually sounds like he means what he's singing, even if you can't quite exactly understand what he's singing. It all adds up to be a wonderful, but sometimes grueling experience.

The songs represented here are mostly a showcase for Jack, while Meg takes the backseat and thumps away. There is the wonderful Robert Johnson cover of "Stop Breakin' Down," with its somewhat peculiar slide lick repeated throughout. There is also the fine cover of Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Cofee" represented here. "Wasting My Life" is an earnest, somewhat slow song showcasing some of Jack's guitar playing, in its beautiful simplicity, and "Broken Bricks" is a hyperactive, slam-dance-inducing romp through garage-rock Hell, and that's all there is to it. "St. James Infirmary" is undoubtedly the best song here, and is obviously the most unique. The song is driven by piano, the first time it appears on the album, and has an almost foreign feel to it.

This album is nowhere near perfect, though. Most of the songs run along the same sound and drum beats, which tends to become extremely boring by the middle of the album. The guitar tones are all very sharp, with little variety throughout the whole album. Songs like "The Big Three Killed My Baby" and "Astro" are dreadfully boring and irritating, with Jack yelping overtop. There are only a few instances when you could say that there is some variety on the album, and those are few and far between to be able to make the album more rewarding to listen to. The album goes on longer than it really should, 17 tracks in around 43 minutes, and it just becomes a chore to listen to the album as a whole. If the album were cut down by a few tracks, it would have been a far more excellent listen.



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DesolationRow
August 12th 2005



833 Comments


Thanks for everything, bitch! :amaze: Good review
This Message Edited On 08.12.05

Med57
Moderator
August 12th 2005



1001 Comments


Good review. I'd give this a 3 personally...I don't really like it compared to a lot of the rest of their back catalogue.

drummerguy274
August 13th 2005



32 Comments


good review. also a good band.

Desensitized
August 14th 2005



136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album. Their weakest, though.

Meteora3255
August 14th 2005



194 Comments


Is their version of St. James Infirmary a cover or is it an original composition sharing the same title, I have never heard it.

masada
August 14th 2005



2733 Comments


"'St. James Infirmary' by J. Primrose, arrange by the White Srripes" is what it says in the booklet.

Meteora3255
August 14th 2005



194 Comments


Thank you for that information that is what I wanted to know. Now i have to see if Louis Armstrong's version was written by J. Primrose.

Two-Headed Boy
October 30th 2005



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this TANKS the other white stripes albums by far, even though it is but a tad annoying at times. i've never been a big white stripes fan and with allof the publicity, i'm not about to start

Starfcker
February 8th 2006



32 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is WAY too underrated. It is their second best after ELEPHANT.



tru_metallica_fan
March 29th 2006



15 Comments


yeah its a great album with some catchy songs

ratsinthewall
October 3rd 2006



10 Comments


This is a really good review, i enjoyed it.

El_Goodo
March 3rd 2007



1008 Comments


The Big Three Killed My Baby is one of my favourite songs, and I've only heard it off their live under blackpool lights.

thehellhecould
October 7th 2008



1 Comments


Unmusical tripe. Talk about the Emperor's New Clothes!!!

Bleak123
October 7th 2008



1902 Comments


You can't just rate the whole White Stripes discography a 1.
For a start, the Stripes rule. And even if you don't like them you couldn't possibly consider everything they've done a pure 1 :/
Oh and you'll have all your ratings deleted like I had all mine deleted for rating all Alesana albums a 1.

burnafterbreeding
May 14th 2010



1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is phenomenal.



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