Thursday, June 14, 2007

Icky, White Thump-Stripes

Jack and Meg White are bringing it with the new album, Icky Thump. The album continues the tradition of the like-named first single, as I, and probably countless others had hoped. However, it still won't be what you are expecting. The entire album has a few common themes threaded throughout. For example, Irish (sometimes punk) pipes, organs, talking-blues, and lilting Irish melodies. All of these, of course, are put through the Jack White musical filter and come out as something truly unique and special. The medley of "Prickly Thorn, but Sweetly Worn" and "St. Andrew (This battle Is In the Air)" is very heavy on the Celtic influence, with pipes all over the place. Other songs, like "Rag & Bone" and "Catch Hell Blues" continue the White Stripes tradition of melding blues and rock with scratchy, unrefined distortion and simple, plodding beats. Other songs break the mold, such as "Conquest" (a Corky Robbins cover) with its Latin horn section and "Effect & Cause," which is a simple acoustic song that sheds much of the patented White Stripes noise.

This album, I think, is one of their strongest. I'm going to buy it on the 19th, and I suggest you do to.

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