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Just as I was starting to lose faith in music, beginning to think that originality was dead and buried, I finally discover the White stripes. One guitar, one drum kit. That's it. The bare bones of music. De Stjil is widely regarded as The White Stripes finest hour, but I have always had a preference for this album. It has a more rough and ready feel to it, the rythyms just a little more brutal, it rocks just a little bit more.
The only weak track on the entire album is "the big three killed my baby" which I'm not overly keen on, but other than that, this is faultless music. I have run out of superlatives to lay upon the duo, The White Stripes are surley the saviours of real rock 'n' roll.
The opening three tracks of 'Jimmy The Exploder', a cover of 'Stop Breaking Down' and 'The Big Three Killed My Baby' are a superb and relentless opening to the album and need to be played at maximum volume whilst some of the riffs that Jack White conjeurs up on tracks such as 'Cannon' and 'Astro' are out of this world. 'When I Hear My Name' is another track in which you are left scratching your head over how Jack White can possibly switch between guitar sounds and make such a racket with only one guitar.
I personally couldn't understand the comparison that was being made in the press between the White Stripes and Led Zeppelin, however, after hearing this and 'De Stijl' the similarity in some of their tracks is more apparent which shows just how good a guitarist Jack White is.
As well as the big riffs there are also more subtle tracks such as their hauting cover of 'One More Cup of Coffee' and 'St.James Infirmary Blues' which are also superb and show Jack White to also be great vocalist.
Overall, if you are unsure or know of anyone else that is is unsure if they like the White Stripes after hearing their more recent commercial albums of 'White Blood Cells' and 'Elephant' then you should give this album a listen first before you dismiss them as it is amongst their best and most uncompromising work. Shame they don't play more of it live though!