I Rediscovered Music with the White Stripes and I Adore This
carol irvin | United States | 08/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard the WHITE STRIPES when I was in my late 50s. I am now 61 and I still listen to them every day. I also listen to the Raconteurs (also Jack White) and now Dead Weather (ditto). As someone who went to college in the late 1960s, this is the freshest music for me which has come out since that time period. ICKY THUMP is right at the top of all of these albums for me. Expanding their instruments, eerie bagpipes and Flamenco horns are added to this album with great effect. I loved their inclusion. There are many musical influence in this music but garage rock coupled with blues certainly are always at the forefront. Having listened to Jack White now play with other musicians, I must say that his playing with Meg has been consistently underrated. The two of them bring out the best of one another musically. Good as Jack is on his own or with other musicians, when he plays with Meg it as as if he is playing with his soul mate. I usually don't appreciate the instruments as much as the singing on any album but that is not true on these albums. I love the great thought that has gone into the use of each instrument and to the uniqueness of each one and to the softness or hardness of its sound. Jack's vocalizing is terrific and fits seamlessly into every arrangement. My only hope is that this is not the last White Stripes album since Jack now has so many other musical irons in the fire. I don't have the technical expertise to comment on each song as other reviewers here have done. I just know I love the whole album. There is no greater pleasure than driving in my convertible with the top down through the nearby national park and listening to this album during the summer time. This album also won two Grammys."
This isn't your parent's music
C. Mitchell | Bangor, ME | 05/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, i'm a bit embarrassed to have just heard of this band less than 3 weeks ago. I feel like i've missed a lot, must have been hiding under a rock. I love this band! I bought this CD right away after hearing "Little Cream Soda". I was shocked to find out this CD came out 2 years ago, i'm a bit taken aback, the music is familiar, but different. They definitely have classic music, garage, metal, & folk all wrapped into one great package. Being born in the late 70's, I don't recall jamming out to 70's music, but it kinda reminds me of the old style rock n' roll, but this certainly isn't your parent's music! I also have heard GBMS & Elephant as well, also just as brilliant! What can I say? I'm hooked!!"