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They've Changed... For The Greater Good,
This review is from: Get Behind Me Satan (Audio CD)
Music used to be in only one form as far as The White Stripes were concerned. You only have to listen to 2003's Elephant to realise that The White Stripes felt that the only type of music was that with the electric guitar and drums. Not that anyone's complaining about songs like Seven Nation Army and I Just Don't Know What To Do, but Jack White's naïve take on music is now gone and The White Stripes are far better off for it.
Get Behind Me Satan, a famous Bible quote from Jesus, is an album that has and will receive mixed feelings around the world. Some long running Stripes fans will be disappointed that the formerly heavy rockers have varied their talents to explore more than just the guitar aspects of music whilst others will enjoy the new look White Stripes and the wonderful new talents they have displayed here.
There are some very good and very bad songs on the album. It opens with the first single Blue Orchid which is just noise. In a way it is good for the album because it shows listeners what The White Stripes are leaving behind and the rest of the album shows listeners what they have to look forward to. The following track The Nurse isn't much better but things are picked up in My Doorbell, which is the first sign that The White Stripes are changing for the better. Unfortunately, reaching track five, Little Ghost, is an experience that may ruin my liking of this album.
The song is, quite frankly, a bad nursery rhyme appearing on a mainstream music album that will sell in its millions across the world. It is annoying, boring and pointless. To make matters worse, it is sung in Jack and Meg White's strongest Michigan accents that they could master. Almost as bad is Passive Manipulation. It is a very short item in which Meg White puts across some feminist issues. I don't know whether it fits in with the rest of the album but what I do know is that if I never have to hear it again, my life will have just improved. It is boring and well, pointless.
The middle bulk of songs all stand out for different reasons but none are any better than the others. Tracks like White Moon re-emphasise that The White Stripes have changed, whereas songs like Instinct Blues cheer up fans who want to see that the classic White Stripes music is still important.
The piece finishes on a high. The penultimate track, Red Rain sums up all of the new changes in The White Stripes and includes some of the old rock as well. I don't know what it is about artists and the word 'rain'. This track has two things in common with Guns N' Roses' November Rain and Prince's Purple Rain. They all have the word 'rain' in the title and they are all damn good. The song contains music with instruments like the marimba and the triangle and has lyrics reminiscent of a young Robert Plant. Despite not being the last track, it concludes the album in a positive way and reminds you that although there is a fair bit of mediocrity on the album, there is also some fine, sophisticated music.
The album is not the back-to-basics rock that fans are familiar with and it is better for it. If you are broad-minded enough to see through the lesser tracks then this is the album for you. It hosts a wide range of genres inside rock and, although being lyrically repetitive in most tracks, produces some stunning, unpredictive music that is wildly entertaining.