Sunday, June 17, 2007

Review: The White Stripes - Icky Thump

6/17/07 - Recently, The White Stripes new album, titled Icky Thump, has leaked on the web. The Album shows the bands ability to play around with some funk, rock, and blues, hitting that note right on the head creating a stellar album.

The album starts off with the head banging title track, which is easily one of the most catchy songs on the album. However, unlike many hyped up rock releases, the album doesn't revert to filler tracks and playing it safe. The album picks right back up with an equally powerful "you don't know what love is". The rockers dont stop there as things get pretty heavy with a song called "little cream soda", which is both catchy and accessable.

Although, what would a blues inspired rock band be without a little blues to slow you down, then explode with a bit of wonderful picking and splashes of the guitar. Jack White does just that during songs such as "Effect & Cause", "a martyr for my love for you" and "catch hell blues". There are few weak spots on the album, such as the song "St. Andrew", which is almost an intro, lasting only 1:49, however, having only listened all the way through twice, I can easily say that it just isn't as good as the rest, leaving it an exceptable song.

Track Listing
1)Icky Thump - 4:17
2)You Dont Know What Love Is (you just do as your told) - 3:54
3)300 M.P.H Torrential Outpour Blues - 5:28
4)Conquest - 2:48
5)Bone Broke - 3:14
6)Prickley Thorn, But Sweetly Worn - 3:05
7)St. Andrew (this battle is in the air) - 1:49
8)Little Cream Soda - 3:45
9)Rag and Bone - 3:48
10)I'm Slowly Turning Into You - 4:34
11)A Martyr For My Love For You - 4:19
12)Catch Hell Blues - 4:18
13)Effect & Cause - 3:00

Many people who are not fans will argue that Meg holds the band down with her lack of drumming skills, however on this album, it is not the case. Although she might not be the best, she does an adequet job at supporting the wonderful riffs and jams produced by Jack White. This album is easily accessable, very catchy, and an excellent place for newly acquired fans to branch out towards the great blues inspired rock of The White Stripes. You should definately check this one out.

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