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4.7 out of 5 stars
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De Stijl
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VINE VOICEon 22 August 2002
If you're considering this album having bought White Blood Cells, thinking 'Could it possibly be as good?', then read on. The news is positive.
The cover suggests a band looking to extend their artistic depth into new fields and the music does not dissapoint.
It kicks off with the quite magnificent 'You're pretty Good Looking For A Girl' and doesn't let go from then on. The songs are so good you almost will them to invest in a different in a new production team, as the mix sometimes muddies the quality of the songs.
In some ways it is difficult to qualify exactly how good The White Stripes are without seeing their live show, but this record will take you somewhere close. It is literally impossible to pick out a standout track, because it flows effortlessly from one to another. However, if you've seen them live before, then 'Hello Operator', 'Apple Blossom' and 'Jumble, Jumble' will be familiar.
The White Stripes are one of the greatest bands of our time. All their albums are special, but this, arguably is the best of a brilliant bunch.
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on 20 June 2012
A wonderful, bluesy, undefinable masterpiece of an album. Jack White knows his stuff, and is a kind of musical-intellectual genius...if that makes sense.

Jack knows his blues, his roots, his folk and his rock. He then turns it all around and makes it all his own.

Nothing is forced or pretentious, unlike some other young rock/pop/blues songwriters.

Endlessly listenable, this album repays play after play. Meg is great drummer, too!
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on 19 February 2018
Stripes best record for sure, se bluesy and smooth!
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on 11 February 2015
This is the album that originally got me listening to the White Stripes and possibly my favourite of theirs - along with Elephant and Icky Thump. Like Jack and Meg White? Then you should love this.
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on 1 April 2016
Good buy will shop again.
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on 22 August 2016
Prompt and as described.
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on 7 February 2015
all ok
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on 13 January 2016
Raw, good stuff as I expected
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on 11 January 2012
Very Good !!
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on 12 January 2002
Extraordinarily rarely, I enjoyed this album on the first listen. It's hard not to when you're strummed into an opener like You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl) and smashed into the second track Hello Operator. Apple Blossom is one of the most tender, meaningful songs I've ever heard; I'm Bound To Pack It Up tells of a yearning frustration of dead-end feelings; and Truth Doesn't Make A Noise has recently sunk into my head as being achingly brilliant. Death Letter is ace as is the Blind Willie McTell cover Your Southern Can Is Mine, where drummer Meg sings with Jack during the chorus. Why Can't You Be Nicer To Me?, Jumble Jumble and all the rest are top, but those are just the ones I've decided to name.
If you like the more stripped-down, bluesy side of The White Stripes, De Stijl is the one to go for first. If you like the raw punk, go for the self-titled LP. White Blood Cells is a rockier mixture of the two, and the one I'd recommend most people to start out on. In fact, I'd buy them as I did, in reverse order of release dates. I think that aids a full appreciation of just how ace this band are.
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