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racing stripes come in first,
This review is from: Icky Thump (Audio CD)
after all the hype, i was expecting the 2nd coming but that didnt come thru on the first couple of hearings. the songs sounded derivative rehashes of past glories, undistinguished and at times quite annoying (i.e. Conquest) with bagpipes and weird sounds....jack was playing and singing well with the enigmatic Meg knocking out that solid beat behind him & certainly there was more guitar than on Satan but sadly the songs didn't seem to cut it........on the following day i listened again and it didnt seem so bad this time but nothing really stood out- could take it or leave it..At that point i thought if i tried it once more i'd know if Icky Thump and my ears had any future together.....
it GOT me on the 3rd hearing..
The album starts with the powerful title track which has a great zeppelin style riff with snatches of keyboard reminiscent of deep purple (circa In Rock)....and yet the white stripes are able to mix all their influences together to make their own unique sound that surpasses all those before them..
From the 1st song to the last the energy never lets up - every track is strong and offers something new with each listen - coupling the vitality of the first album and the maturity of Elephant and GBMS - the white stripes have finally produced their masterpiece...
In 1967 they were celebrating Pepper. Forty years on and its 2007 and we are celebrating Icky Thump. Perhaps the current state of the music scene ain't so bad after all...
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2009 09:16:05 GMT
I agree with you entirely, it needs two or three listens before you 'get' it. So don't be quick to diss it on a first listen...
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