#938 The White Stripes – White Blood Cells

I have heard of The White Stripes, but only a little. I know they are an American duo, who pretended to be brother and sister, but they were married. Jack White still performs under his own name and Meg White stopped performing due to anxieties. White Blood Cells is their third studio album. It was released to universal acclaim.

My first thought was Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, but The Stripes are older than Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes are contemporaries. Other times, I thought of much older bands from the 60s and 80s. My biggest problem was White’s voice. I really am not a fan of it.

“Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”, “Fell in Love with a Girl”, “We’re Going to Be Friends”, “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known”, and “The Union Forever” are the best songs. It was really hard to decide. I need quite a few more listens to be certain.

Overall, it is not a terrible album and I can hear how it was part of the post-punk revival of the early 2000s. Unfortunately, it sort of disappeared by the end of the decade. 6/10.

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