Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes
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  • Summary: The duo's fifth long-player, destined to be known as GBMS in record reviews everywhere, was recorded in their Detroit studio. While not a total departure from previous efforts, it does find them expanding their sound away from their usual guitar+drums formula.
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  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. The finest album of the White Stripes’ career.
  3. Get Behind Me Satan may confuse and even push away some White Stripes fans, but the more the band pushes itself, the better.
  4. 80
    When a guitar hero abandons guitar, it can be because he's bored or because he's a provocateur, or, in the case of Jack White, likely both. But he pulls it off. [Jul 2005, p.113]
  5. Even with a generous handful of tracks that easily rank alongside the White Stripes' best work, Get Behind Me Satan remains a confounding record, one that wears its "transitional album" tag like a heavy peppermint-striped crown.
  6. Get Behind Me Satan lacks the confidently muscular (if sonically overreaching) ambition of Elephant, the raw, bruising intensity of White Blood Cells and the appealing hooks of De Stijl.
  7. [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?

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 167
  1. Oct 20, 2011
    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 other work. It's a strangely relaxing album and is a breath of fresh air from 21st century **** Expand
  2. KellyW
    Jun 11, 2005
    An amazing record that is, quite simply, the best album of the year.
  3. leighs
    Jul 19, 2005
    an amazing album. they just get better and better!
  4. IanR
    Jun 7, 2005
    This is a really eclectic, experimental, and all around different album for the White Stripes... but even so, it's definitely a White Stripes album, and it rocks hard, even when it plays it cool. Expand
  5. mattl
    Jun 19, 2005
    Takes a couple listens to warm up too, then you are hooked
  6. LB
    Jun 10, 2005
    Pretty decent album. It will catch you off guard. I didn't think it was that good on first listen and was disappointed by the lack of guitars but, after a few listens, I can tell you that most of the songs are pretty good (Blue Orchid, My Doorbell, Take Take Take, Red Rain and so on). However, some songs are lacking that extra something to put them over the top. Expand
  7. GabrielK
    Jun 15, 2005
    overrated much!

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