4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Too many people are keen to slate this band.,
By A Customer
This review is from: De Stijl (Audio CD)
This year's music scene has seen the rise of three upstart acts - The Strokes, The Moldy Peaches, and more interestingly, the White Stripes. Why the Strokes have become popular is easy to see - why the White Stripes have become popular is more difficult to understand. The guitarist - Jack White - is brilliant. Infact, he is probably the closest this century will come to Hendrix. However, Meg White is a very mediocre drummer.
Normally, this would sound dire, but the White Stripes have turned this slight disadvantage into an advantage - by using it to make what would usually be a very soulful, peaceful, almost formulaic sound, into organised chaos. This is best demonstrated on the magnificent HELLO OPERATOR and the punky-blues insanity of DEATH LETTER, but these are just two songs that stand out amongst what is a very unique, eclectic, brilliant album. The White Stripes may be an acquired taste, but trust me - it's worth acquiring.