Under Great White Northern Lights [Live] Image
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  • Summary: The live album features recording from the duo's summer tour of Canada in 2007 which was also filmed for a documentary of the same name.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. This concert CD/DVD does a great job of highlighting both sides of The White Stripes' carefully controlled public persona.
  2. As a stand-alone release, it’s impressive; as a document and celebration of the greatest band of 21st century (sorry, Radiohead), it’s imperative.
  3. The album sounds ridiculously heavy, with many songs-- including the gurgling "I'm Slowly Turning Into You" and the Dusty Springfield cover "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself"-- easily trumping their studio counterparts.
  4. Under Great White Northern Lights would be a funny postscript. It's not particularly revelatory, less cohesive a concert film that Under Blackpool Lights, and in no way intimates that the band was about to go into hiatus. Really, it serves, more than anything else, as a reminder of just how singularly odd the White Stripes are, and how boring things are without them around.
  5. But right down to the tongue-in-cheek stage patter (“My name’s Jack White and this is my big sister Meg White on the drums!”) there’s nothing here that White Stripes’ fans haven’t heard before.
  6. Ultimately, like many live albums before them and certainly after them, it's just okay. It succeeds in capturing a performance that is an apt representation of the band and is largely an aural pleasure, yet you never really shake the fruitless nature of the album.
  7. The sold-separately CD soundtrack reiterates that point, capturing the pair's post-millennium blues, from the scat-rap, tornado groove of "Icky Thump" and electric mandolin haunt "Little Ghost" to the proto-punk, Maximum R&B of "Let's Shake Hands."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    Some of the best solos of all time are in this album! Now that I own every one of The White Stripes' albums I will certainly cherish this band and their arts to the day I die! Expand
  2. DerekS.
    Mar 17, 2010
    10
    The DVD and CD combo pack is well worth the money if you're a fan of the White Stripes for the last scene alone.
  3. BlairElizabeth
    Mar 17, 2010
    10
    The White Stripes are absolutely amazing. If you like good music, listen to AER radio on aertalk.com. It's amazing!
  4. CPD
    Feb 12, 2011
    9
    Truly gives great insight into the operations of the band, both before, during, and after shows. It's great to see a band not just do a show and then leave, and I promise that you will gain a lot more respect for The White Stripes, whether you love them or you hate them, after watching what they do in this film. Expand
  5. CodyT
    Mar 18, 2010
    6
    BRILLIANT live documentation of the Stripes. However, as a standalone live album this isn't their finest hour. Plenty of other live shows of theirs, well known bootlegs among diehard fans, offer more than this mixed bag does. You;re better off downloading the Orpheum 2004 performance or even the Glastonbury 2005 show. Expand

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