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Icky Thump [The White Stripes]
The White Stripes
1. Icky Thump
2. You Don't Know What Love Is (You Don't Do as You're Told)
3. 300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues
5. Bone Broke
6. Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn
7. St. Andrew (This Battle Is in the Air)
8. Little Cream Soda
9. Rag and Bone
10. I'm Slowly Turning Into You
11. Martyr For My Love For You, A
12. Catch Hell Blues
13. Effect and Cause
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 49967
Jack White III
The White Stripes: Jack White , Meg White .
Following the arty explorations of its predecessor, GET BEHIND ME SATAN, ICKY THUMP finds everybody's favorite platinum-selling, post-modern garage-rock duo returning to their bang-and-stomp rock-&-roll roots. The marimbas and pianos of the former are kicked to the curb in favor of the kind of Led Zeppelin-in-a-trash-can riffs on which Jack and Meg White built their cooler-than-ice reputation.
There's an overwhelming sense of urgency and catharsis on most tracks, as on the title cut, where Jack's Robert Plant-ish wail falls into a near-rap full of breathless cadences. That dirty, primal groove evoked by said title is the organizing principle of the album, sweaty blues-rock writ large and gritty. Even though there are a couple of brief stylistic diversions when the Whites veer into folkier territory, there's no mistaking ICKY THUMP's status as a thick slab of heavy rock capable of handily crushing lesser sonic statements.
Rolling Stone (p.69) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Jack hauled more than bagpipes to his garage to make ICKY THUMP, which is easily his loudest album....Like his sometime heroes, Led Zeppelin, Jack White builds monuments."
Rolling Stone (p.110) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "Delta-garage wallop made from the fewest, finest ingredients."
Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "Whether howling or crooning, picking or ripping, Jack comes across as earnest and fully invested in every ICKY moment." -- Grade: A
Uncut (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "By turns direct, quizzical, loose, and intense, it's more eclectic in terms of approach than any previous White Stripes recording."
Vibe (p.72) - "THUMP is a return to form....It sounds like everything here was written on a guitar, bursting with razor-wire anthems..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.57) - "[T]he most obvious inspiration throughout is Led Zeppelin....It confirms Detroit's biggest band as a singular talent and a genuinely great American band."
Q (Magazine) (p.88) - Ranked #02 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[A] classic White Stripes record."
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