Icky Thump - The White Stripes
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  • Summary: Jack and Meg White spent a whopping three weeks (an eternity by White Stripes standards) in Nashville recording their sixth studio album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Despite all the distortion and teeth-shivering riffs, Icky Thump rivals White Blood Cells in accessibility. [22 Jun 2007, p.68]
  2. It's eccentric, it's exhilarating, it is, in parts, absolutely insane. Yet it's never less than absolutely compelling, which is what makes The White Stripes one of the greatest bands of modern times.
  3. "Icky Thump" is really a very odd record indeed, but then, oddness of a particularly bravura nature comes naturally to them.
  4. The new album manages to hone the at-points-aimless progressive aspirations of Get Behind Me Satan into sharp, clear-cut musical growth.
  5. They've put out six strong albums, consecutively. And without a pause, they've expanded their range without loosing sight of their limits.
  6. There is enough vitality in both composition and instrumentality to suggest that continued praise is warranted for this decade-long duo. [Summer 2007, p.86]
  7. The affecting style that made them the most imaginative revivalists of their generation has been replaced by half-assed and half-hearted prog rock.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 120
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    10
    I love the title of this album's song "Icky Thump". It kicks ass and The White Stripes are an awesome band. Too bad they broke up though.
  2. Oct 8, 2010
    9
    I think they are getting more danggoures each album....!!! and this one is just weird ,peculiar,brave and also unique & brilliant ......but some times i wish there was some place to settle down...i mean some country tracks or something...but because this is pretty awesome i dont mind...! i mean common this is Rock & Roll...!! what ells do you need...!? and if you dont compare it with "elephant" you will see that it definitely has it`s own moments that dont let you down. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    8
    Now, this is my favourite album by The White Stripes. It has the harshness of Elephant but is also lovely in its oddness. The cover image showing Jack and Meg as Pearly King and Queen and the title (the correct spelling is â Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2012
    7
    Solid final album from the blues rock duo. It's not got any songs that are complete magic, which is not something you would say about the 3 records previous to this, and that is where it loses out. It's a consistent record, mostly full of bluesy rock, typical ofwhat we've come to expect from Jack and Meg White. Opener and title track Icky Thump is by far the most interesting thing on it - and by White Stripes standards could be classed as experimental. After that they play it safe for the most part. Bone Broke is the other standout track for me. Not the worst record you'll hear but Jack White has put his name to far superior records. Expand
  5. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    6
    This might be my least favorite White Stripes album. You get the feeling they're losing their importance in rock music. There some good songs here and there, but nothing compares to their earlier work. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2010
    5
    While the White Stripes are certainly not the most innovative rock band in history, they are still heads-and-shoulders above almost every other rock band from the last decade or so. While many of us have shared the thought that rock has died, this band has added an asterisk to the end of that thought. This album, however, is not their strongest. Expand

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