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5.0 out of 5 stars Icky Thump blows the mind, 16 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Icky Thump (Audio CD)
Icky Thump does blow the mind literally when the title track kicks in and it dawns on you what powerful back to basics rock music sounds like. Icky Thump is a glorious return for The White Stripes from Jack's mad scientist role in the experimental Get Behind Me Satan. It is a return to the musical composition of Elepahnt with exploding gutiar riffs that leave your speakers crackling;aslo Meg's thumping, marching drum beats such as in the tracks Bone Broke and Little Cream Soda. Jack White is evolving into one of the greatest songwriters of his generation and songs like 300mph Outpour Blues and Martyr For My Love For You show his emotional passion for blues music. 300mph Outpour Blues is a highlight of the album as when you listen to it for the first time it will make you feel mellow and relaxed then 2 minutes give you a sudden wake up call with a guitar blitzkerig upon your mind.

While Icky Thump contains simple blues numbers such as Catch Hell Blues; it aslo holds the key to the laboratory with envelope being pushed further on songs like Conquest which includes a trumphet squaring off alongside Jack's feverish playing. Songs such as Prickly Thorn But Sweetly Worn and St Andrew acknowledge Jack's family roots of Scotland, although St Andrew is one of the strangest songs I've ever heard but do act as a divider in the middle of the album as soon as St Andrew ends Little Cream Soda kicks in and whatever doubt you had will be forgotten.

The title track encoporates elements of Led Zeppelin and as it was the first single gives you the flavour of the rest of the album. You Don't Know What Love Is contains Beatlesque melody and is in a way similar to I Just Don't Know What To Do taken from Elephant.

Overall Icky Thump is the next step in the evolution of White Stripes music and is a must buy album of the year.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2009 11:19:30 GMT
Krupskaya says:
Totally agree with the reviewer. The Stripes are on top form here, though it may take a second or third listen to really 'get it'. A 'must buy' for any year as it rightfully takes it place amongst the Stripes' best!
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