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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 (24 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B00005Q3ZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. The Union Forever 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Same Boy You've Always Known 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. We're Going To Be Friends 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Offend In Every Way 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Think I Smell A Rat 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Aluminum 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Can't Wait 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

The third album by this infamous proto-rocker duo from Detroit finds them on the cusp of greatness. All the elements that made the subsequent Elephant such a titanic success are firmly in place: the crunching, insistent simplicity of Meg White’s drumming, which sticks like glue to Jack White’s intense, rhythmic, blues-based riffing; a broad, knowing sense of pop history, and of course their by now well-established red/white branding imagery.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony (pilks2000@hotmail.com) on 3 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to this album I was instantly struck by something. It was good. It doesn't flow like a well produced, big star CD and this is one its resounding qualities. Every track has something new to offer and pulls on different musical genre. "We're going to friends" is a fantastic track and for me had a Nick Drake feel about it, sweet and poetic. Then at the other end of the scale you have "I think I smell a rat" which has extravagant guitar and vocals which will make you sit up and listen. All in all this is 16 tracks of pure raw pleasure from two talented people in Tennessee. Listen to it, let it grow on you and you won't listen to anything else for weeks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam Cox on 21 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
Hotel Yorba was the song that got me into the White Stripes, a short but still very catchy song. I got the album after hearing Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground. This album offers much in the way of diversity and showcases the true, pure musical talent that the duo, holds. Opening with the anthemic Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground, an excellent song with loud guitar riffs but still sung in a somewhat sensitive voice by Jack White. The album also includes the unique Fell In Love With A Girl, which is as catchy as it is fast. However all is beaten by the wonderful We're Going To Be Friends. This song stuck in my mind on the first listen. It shows a more sensitive side to the Stripes aside from all the loud thrashier songs and its a sensitive side that I like in the band. The song gives me some great memories of when I first met a girl that I like. The verdict; an excellent album from opener to ending, a great range of styles, inspirational and musically brilliant. Safe to say this album is brilliant in more ways than one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "fatjigger" on 22 July 2002
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This album is the best advance in rock music I have heard yet. They have combined mellow tracks such as "We're Going to be Friends" with great rock in "Expecting" added to a bit of their own bizarre taste with "Little Room". They have taken rock back to its basics and it has worked; this is the best album of the year and must be bought by everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Just Another Freak In The Freak Kingdom on 13 Sep 2003
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Having read the review on this album I was outraged some thoughtless person had given this a single star.
The White Stripes i'd never heard of them until Seven Nation Army and then a relative lent me White Blood Cells and I was blown away i'd never heard such intensity from a band let alone one with only two people, from the very first track I was completely hooked.
The amount of imagination that goes into their albums is fantastic matched only by the immortal Jimi Hendrix, yes i'd go as far as to compare them to Hendrix, on hearing this album I straightaway ordered as many albums as I could afford and I wasn't dissapointed.
In a world of mundane pop and R and B this is as good as it gets and as good as it will ever get, simply fantastic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
This generally seems to take approximately two listenings-to, and then...well, if you have more than one CD drive (or something) in your CD player, it won't come out. Hopefully. Songs like Hotel Yorba and Fell In Love with a girl will hit you instantly, and so it's probably best to listen to those first, just to get accustomed to how the album's going to sound. We're Going To Be Friends is like The Moldy Peaches, but sounds more sincere and quite lovely, really. And there are the somewhat caustic, biting songs like I Think I Smell A Rat, where you'd really hate to be perceived as "one of those little kids (who) think you just know where it's at". Problems with society's perceptions and those within relationships are highlighted with I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman and The Same Boy You've Always Known. There's not a bad song on this album, they're brilliant live (Jack sings just as you think he would! Yeah!)->buy it! Go on!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Black (tsx2000@nme.com) on 14 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
I heard Johm Peel once decribe the White Stripes as "the most interesting sound since punk", and this album certainly dosnt dissapoint. Between the two of them, Mary and Jack White have created a sound and a tempo that is almost unique to themselves, thanks largely to Jack's fantastic voice which alternates between a spitting passion, gravelly kittykat growl and breaking country twang (and sometimes all three at once!).
Although it cannot quite maintain its momentum over the last few tracks, the first 12 contain everything you could possibly wish for, from the anti-capitalist anger of "The Union Forever", to feelgood tracks like "Hotel Yorba" and "Fell In Love With a Girl", the gentle whistfulness of "Going to be Friends" (which would not have been out of place on a Kingsbury Manx album) and the unashamed rock theatre of "Smell a Rat".
Above all this album is simply one of the most enjoyable and satisfying i have ever heard. If you have ever liked any song with drums, guitar and vocals in it then there will be something on this album you will enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2002
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This is a top album - get through the hype and you will find an incredibly varied, caustic album - it contains in the main an amazing mixture of screaming blues, 3 chord punk and deep soul - and it even includes a heart achingly sweet nursery ryhme that brings back everything good about childhood.
Oh, and the lyrics are the best I've heard in a long time!
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