Get Behind Me Satan

  • Record Label: V2 / XL
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2005
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. The material sounds frustratingly underdone - seeds of good ideas that might have flourished into something remarkable with more time and TLC.
  2. Too much of it -- both on the "experimental" tracks and the "traditional White Stripes" tracks -- feels like unfinished sketches.
  3. Mojo
    60
    When the approach works, the results are bracingly exploratory; when it doesn't they're frustratingly half-formed. [Jul 2005, p.94]
  4. None of the songs on Get Behind Me Satan is bad; all the songs together, however, fail to meet the Stripes' criteria that all you need is two. For these tracks, you need four, five, six musicians -- not to drench the proceedings in a Scott Walker deluge, but to fill the spaces, the former job of White's guitar and Meg's drum bashing.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    58
    Get Behind Me Satan is surprising, all right, but not always in the right ways.... Too many of the tunes--and Jack's lyrics--are undercut by lurching, half-finished arrangements. [10 Jun 2005, p.105]
  6. A sidestep that’s as easy to admire as it is hard to love.
  7. Instead of copying the aesthetic of 1970s rock ‘n’ roll, they’ve copied some of last year’s more popular indie records. The result, though at times satisfying, mostly feels contrived.
  8. [It] tries putting everything from the buffet on your plate, even the Jell-O you're not going to eat. C'mon, sounding like a stripped-down version of the Stooges wasn't such a bad thing, was it?
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 265 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 167
  1. Oct 20, 2011
    10
    The White Stripes, like The Strokes are a band who can completely change their sound for one record and it will be just as good as their otherThe White Stripes, like The Strokes are a band who can completely change their sound for one record and it will be just as good as their other work. It's a strangely relaxing album and is a breath of fresh air from 21st century **** Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2014
    5
    The White Stripes have a style and sound that I've never understood. Is it just me, or do lyrics like "And all the chickens get it, and themThe White Stripes have a style and sound that I've never understood. Is it just me, or do lyrics like "And all the chickens get it, and them singing canaries get it, woo, oh, woo, now even strawberries get it, I want you to get with it, yeah, yeah, I want you to get with it, oh, yeah, I want you to get with it," sound a teeny bit childish and stupid? It's not bad, and there are a handful of good tracks, but gosh, this White Stripes thing is way overhyped. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2014
    5
    A few good songs on it but I just didn't care for a majority of this album. Didn't click with me as well as their other work. It's bound toA few good songs on it but I just didn't care for a majority of this album. Didn't click with me as well as their other work. It's bound to happen I guess. Full Review »