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Like its successor, White Blood Cells has a sense of unstoppable momentum, variety and most importantly, plenty of grinding, visceral grooves, none more striking than the opening "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground", which epitomises the singer’s wonderful rock ‘n’ roll whinny and economic way with words. The comparatively throwaway country-flavoured sing-along of ‘’Hotel Yorba’’ was an unexpected hit - one of a brace of acoustic guitar based numbers that leaven the set - but it’s not what The White Stripes do best. That has to the stop/start, soft/loud pounding of songs like ‘’I’m Finding It Hard To Be A Gentleman’’, ‘’Expecting’’ and sonic meltdown of ‘’Aluminium’’ where the singer resorts to treated ‘ahhhhh’ vocals when words will not suffice.
The unlikely combination of such primal musical motifs with more Day-Glo pop references is one of the keys to the breadth of The White Stripes’ appeal. ‘’I Can’t Wait’’ steals (and slows down) the machine gun riff from The Breeders’ ‘’Cannonball’’, while their Anglophile tendencies are obvious on ‘’Fell In Love With A Girl’’, which marries the teenage thrills of early Beatles with elements of The Yardbirds’ ‘’For Your Love’’. And the singer who would later cover Burt Bacharach’s ‘’I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’’ reveals his soft centre on ‘’The Same Boy You’ve Always Known’’ and the cutesy nursery rhyme idyll of ‘’We’re Going To Be Friends’’.
You’re going to like White Blood Cells. It covers a lot of ground, so seems longer than its ‘classic’ 40-minute LP-style length, and with only a couple of forgettable ditties among its sixteen tracks, it’s a lean and highly engaging set. --Jon Lusk
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What a fantastic album! When this was released, back in 2001, I was watching a lot of alternative music television and was pulled in by a very catchy, raw song which had a video... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andy Sweeney
all around my second favoutie white stripes album behind elephant but it is very close. magnificent album with a huge range of stylesPublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by Neil Brannelly
One of The White Stripes' finest albums...the songs are loud but ear-friendly, and the group make 'big' songs (considering the fact they're a duo). Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2012 by DPVC