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Icky Thump [CD]

The White Stripes Audio CD
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The White Stripes formed on Bastille Day in 1997, aiming to create simple, vigorous rock & roll with little more than Meg White's percussion and Jack White's guitar-and-vocal attack. Meg's drumming was deliberate and straightforward, while Jack's formidable guitar skills paid homage to garage rock, blues, and punk. A former drummer for the ... Read more in Amazon's The White Stripes Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B000PE0L5U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  USB Flash Drive
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Icky Thump 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told) 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Bone Broke 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. St. Andrew (This Battle Is In The Air) 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Little Cream Soda 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rag And Bone 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'm Slowly Turning Into You 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Martyr For My Love For You 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
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The White Stripes are back with the most bombastic album they've ever produced! While revealing the band's roots in American folk music, Icky Thump is an explosive, revolutionary assault that brings together garage rock, every blues style of the past 100 years, nouveau, and flamenco. This is truly a modern rock and roll masterpiece!

BBC Review

At what point does alternative become mainstream? Six albums in and the White Stripes have a big fat Warners contract in their pocket and fill Hyde Park. In interviews Jack seems more enamoured of his new playmates, The Raconteurs. Is the end nigh? Or have the Detroit blues minimalists still got things to say?

Like all great acts the answer is a bit of both. While Icky Thump has plenty of overblown moments it also still contains all the things that made us love them in the first place. A track like ''300MPH Torrential Outpour Blues'' seems to sum this up in one handy five and a half-minute lump. It's remarkably pretty. But it also contains some of his most meanderingly flaccid lyrics, and the shift from bayou lament to urban grit can be unsettling.

Yet the bulk of Icky Thump is still made up of terrific, concise blues-rock, force-fed through Jack's Motor City pugnacity. ''Catch Hell Blues''' slide antics are pure Jimmy Page, and 'Effect & Cause' is the perfect marriage of amusingly twisted logic and delta twelve-bar goodness. There's also a touch of country rock floating in Icky Thump's DNA. 'You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)' could be Crazy Horse's ''C'mon Baby Let's Go Downtown''.

While this makes perfect sense, the use of bagpipes (an instrument where nine times out of ten discretion is the better part of valour), on "Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn", frankly fails on every level. This cod-Hibernian romp smacks of cultural tourism. Likewise 'Rag And Bone''s self-mythologising of the band's magpie tendencies. These are the tropes of a band in flux.

Elsewhere however instrumentation can be inspired. "Conquest"'s mariachi horn is hilariously in-yer-face and the title track benefits mightily from the use of the very same keyboard that graced 'Telstar'; played like some wiggly psychedelic worm.

This track's wigged-out metallic riff underpins some terrific lyrics concerning his homeland's relationship with third world neighbours. But when he sings 'You can't be a pimp and a prostitute too' you can't help wondering if there's an element of his own conscience nagging at him to return to simpler days. Whether they ever survive such a sea change to make another album is to be seen. We can only hope so! --Chris Jones

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of everything 5 Aug 2007
By Greg
Format:Audio CD
This new album is quite spectacular. It has in some ways gone back to the root of The White Stripes were all about, a guitar, drums and vocals. In other ways this album has pushed further the boundaries of the little box Jack White confines himself to; they have ditched the Marimba, taken on some bagpipes, some horns and added a synthesiser that sounds like it belongs in an Irish jig. This leaves us with a very diverse sounding album. The title track and lead single Icky thump is just plain weird at first, but the jerkiness and blasts of synthesiser soon grow on you. Moving swiftly onwards we get a bit country with You Don't Know What Love Is, it's brilliantly catchy. 300 MPH...... doesn't sound like the name implies until the distortion pedal kicks in around the two and a half minute mark and erupts, but it settles down. Conquest uses the horns to great effect, the song is not swamped by the songs but they act rather as a motif to the fact that it is a cover of an old song, for ten seconds somewhere in the middle of this song is sounds like new rave but that's just my opinion. Bone broke next is a classic White Stripes song, guitar drums and vocals, simple yet effective. Now comes the strange part, Prickly Thorn and St. Andrew tie in with one another, the first of these is pretty much a folk song, the second a psychedelic meltdown of backwards bagpipes and drums with some eerie spoken works by Meg White. Little Cream Soda is back to the three elements of The White Stripes, but it is quite heavy. In my opinion it is the last five songs on the album that are the best, Rag & Bone is a comical spoken word piece, I'm Slowly Turning Into You is epic with the effect on the guitar here not disimilar to that on Blue Orchid. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play it again 4 July 2007
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
I have probably always enjoyed the idea of The White Stripes a little more than I have ever enjoyed listening to them; a dirty, raw, under produced, blues sound with big riffs is about all you can want from a band but for this listener they never completely delivered. They have always managed to write some fantastic tunes but tend to lose me over the course of an album, sometimes falling prone to a little style without substance - not with this album.
As the White Stripes tend to mine similar terriotory you may feel that you've heard it all before on first playing 'Icky Thump' but that second listen is key. All the heavy riffery is there as before but there are also some peculiar sounding passages to songs as well that make the album that bit more diverse and re-playable. There is also a 'cleaner' sound to the record, compared to an album like 'Elephant', which depending on your tastes may be a good or bad thing but it definately works with the songs on here.
The White Stripes always make good albums but in 'Icky Thump' I honestly believe they may have made their best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An improvement on 'Get Behind Me Satan' 30 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let's clear one thing up. 'Icky Thump' is good. It isn't at the level of the first few albums, but 'Get Behind Me Satan' was so bad, I thought it could only improve. Thankfully it did.

'Icky Thump' starts off with the infectious title-track, with Jack White the Third's umistakeable guitar sounds and riffs, a wailing keyboard and Meg White's somewhat primal drums. It's catchy, it's clever, and it's very good. New single 'You Don't Know What Love Is' is slower, but still has that unmistakeable 'Stripes' sound. Other highlights of the album are the 'Catch Hell Blues', '300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues', 'Little Cream Soda', 'Bone Broke', 'I'm Slowly Turning Into You' and 'A Martyr For My Love For You'. 'Conquest' is fun, and enjoyable listening, but can't really hack it, whereas the bagpipes on 'St. Andrew' and 'Prickly Thorn (Sweetly Worn)' do not do the album any favours.

The Stripes try to do too much on a few occasions but their sound is back. A good effort, and album number seven won't be far away, I'm sure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars long live the stripes 18 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
5 stars, because any White Stripes album is a gift. To quote (not perfectly) a recent NME review. "You go to your garage expecting to see your ford mondeo and find a unicorn instead". How many bands are really writing songs and working them with true energy, depth and spirit? Lets forgive 'Get Behind Me Satan' - sometimes you have to fail a bit - out of the flames comes a pheonix (sorry more mythological analogy), though I'm sure Jack White wouldn't see it that way. First listen tells me I'm about to have some beautiful relationships. Time will tell if they equal Death Letter, Ball and Biscuit and all the others - too numerous to mention.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget me 19 Jun 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
All "Icky Thump" initially brought to mind was Graham Chapman telling Terry Jones how to say, "Eee, ecky thump!" into a mike.

But it's also the title of the White Stripes' sixth album, and after the mediocre dry spell of "Get Behind Me Satan," it's nice to hear that the Stripes seem to have regained their creative juices. This time they pack the album with dark seventies-style rock'n'roll and some traditional folk flourishes.

It kicks off with the dark, plodding guitar that blazes up to life every few seconds, and a sinuous synth ripple that slithers through the melody. "Icky thump/Who'da thunk?/Sittin drunk on a wagon to Mexico?" Jack yowls, describing the less pleasant corners of Mexico, and taking a moment to jab at Americans ("Why don't you kick yourself out/You're an immigrant too!").

It softens up a lot for the catchy, bluesier rocker "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)," and the mellow gritty "300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues." Then the album goes through two phases: the first is one of British and Scottish folkiness, and a trumpety rocker that sounds like a B-side from Beirut. Then the last leg of the album slips back to blazing rock'n'roll, full of dark energy and retro organ.

I never quite figured out what was going on in the halfhearted "Get Behind Me Satan," except that every band has their dud. And fortunately "Icky Thump" is everything that album wasn't -- spirited, creative, enthusiastic, and full of those little moments and brilliant instrumentation that bring it alive. Nice to see they haven't run out of juice yet.

Yeah, we have Jack blazing away like a forest fire on his guitars, whether it's softer blues riffs, ringing blasts or hard-rocking swirls. And Meg smashes the drums like no other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack and Meg..Well Done!!
Well this is different Jack..even Meg having a bash..worth the cash..great rocking record!!
Published 16 days ago by Tony Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Icky Thump: The White stripes at their Heaviest and best!!
This is in my opinion equally as good as the elephant album, its full of loud, bombastic riffs which just sound awesome at full volume, it also has quite a few other influences to... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect
Published 2 months ago by Virgilijus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good album
Great! This is a really good album & very good value for money. I would recommend it to every one.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. D. A. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it
Really good, only loud, I recommend it to all, brilliant guitar and this bass, my skin gets goose-flesh when listening them, hope someday have possibility to listen them live
Published 12 months ago by Jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
2 heavywheit vinyls housed in great printed gatefold sleeve. Vinyl holders are also coloured. The photo of the product is a little wrong: protecting sticker glued to the right side... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2012 by assartose
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing on the market
This is the best album I have ever owned! Extremely good songs! I think one of their best albums to date! I am going to listen to this over and over. I totally recommend it!
Published on 6 May 2012 by Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars great....
The item arrived fast and in perfect condition, the packaging was more than enough to keep the record safe, my boyfriend loved it
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by H. Cutts
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Great album, any stripes fan will love it and must buy.
A few of the tracks are a bit iffy but the remaining ones are outstanding! Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by Mr. T. R. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air...
I was totally bemused when I first listened to this. 'Experimental' is undersaying it somewhat. Bagpipes and Scottish themed songs with Meg mouthing an obscure poem over a... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2009 by Krupskaya
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