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The Red Hot 'White Stripes'

Published June 29, 2005 in Music
By Bubba Craner | Image from Amazon
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What makes a great album? In today's world of music I think the definition of a great album has be significantly altered. It seems that a great album is one that sells a lot of copies, though what makes an album sell isn't a collection of great songs, it's the couple of singles that promote it. This idea allows artist to put out an album of ten or so songs that only consist of maybe one or two good songs. Fortunately not everyone follows this train of thought.

White Stripes Produces

The White Stripes have continued to reject this definition, and with "Get Behind Me Satan" they have again proved that in today's world of manufactured groups real artistic vision can still thrive.

"Get Behind Me Satan" is, in my opinion, their best album. The album is largely concerned with love and corresponding aspects. But just as love is always complex and ambiguous, so is this album. And considering the album was made is just two weeks, The White Stripes have solidified themselves as one of the most intriguing and creative rock groups on the scene right now.

The complexities and ambiguities of this album lie essentially in irony. As if the title of the album doesn't leave you in wonder of what you will hear, the lead single, and first track, is titled "Blue orchid;" an irony that will only force you to dive head first into the album. In track two, "the Nurse" you hear, "the nurse should not be the one who puts salt in your wounds." Add to this a sporadic drum line and punching guitar riffs and you cannot help being as perplexed as rain-cloud covered relationship often causes.

As the album continues, it takes as many random hairpin turns as the road up Pikes Peak. It jumps from joyous marimba harmonies backed by earth shattering drums, to almost popish blues that shadows their major influences. But the album ultimately succeeds because it makes a full circle. The last track, "I'm lonely (but not that lonely yet)" gets back to the eerie ambiguity that defines this album.

With much prerelease press telling us that the album focused on piano, marimba and acoustic guitar, they shocked us with infectious and hypnotic drums pounding like a sonic boom throughout the album. So from day one, this album has succeeded at perplexing its audience and demands careful listening to fully extract all of it intricacies.

All of this in just two week; even if you don't think it is their best effort you cannot refuse to accept their talents and artistry. This is a great album, and if you haven't heard it, do yourself a favor and get it.

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