Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. One of the most fascinating things about the Stripes' fifth album is that on first listening it is likely to baffle fans of the Detroit duo as much as it will eventually delight them. [5 Jun 2005]
  2. Remarkably cohesive. [Aug 2005, p.176]
  3. It's an album so strong and so unexpected that it may change the way people hear all its predecessors. And that's just a start. Listen long enough, and this album might change the way you hear lots of other bands, too.
  4. White's commercial success has nothing to do with de Stijl or da blooze--just a strong, emotive voice delivering simple yet distinctive songs, which are fairly numerous here.
  5. The finest album of the White Stripes’ career.
  6. Get Behind Me Satan marks the point where The White Stripes music has finally become as charismatic and mysterious as its creators.
  7. This is a subtle record that rewards what you're willing to put in.
  8. 90
    Hardly an alienating, experimental listen... White hasn't written such an accessible set of songs since 2000's De Stijl. [Album of the Month, Jul 2005, p.88]
  9. Get Behind Me Satan may confuse and even push away some White Stripes fans, but the more the band pushes itself, the better.
  10. Very possibly, an even better album than Elephant. [Jul 2005, p.108]
  11. If you happen to be a rock band, and you don't happen to be either of the White Stripes, it so sucks to be you right now.
  12. The songs on Get Behind Me Satan are sturdy.
  13. Both more deeply melodic and somehow more resigned and melancholy than his previous albums, White’s latest may just be his best.
  14. Another remarkable White Stripes album.
  15. Get Behind Me Satan is the strangest and least focused effort by these unlikely garage rock superstars to date. It's also their finest, an Exile on Main Street-ish mish-mash where the sum is greater than the parts.
  16. So put aside your disappointment at the lack of squealing guitar solos and take Get Behind Me Satan for what it is - another massive step forward in the evolution of a truly great band.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 258 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 »