White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
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Universal acclaim- based on 118 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Detroit-based "brother-sister" (or, if you don't believe everything you read, ex husband and wife) indie duo of Jack (guitars) and Meg (drums) White continue their stripped-down sound on this, their third full-length.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. This fine, fine album (quite possibly the finest of year) signals that the White Stripes have arrived. Hype or no hype, this is a band of significance...
  2. Make no mistake about it, The White Stripes are the real deal, and if they can continue to kick out the jams as they do on White Blood Cells, everyone else would be well advised to get the fuck out of their way.
  3. 90
    The White Stripes' songs are so strong, so deliciously simple, it's genius.
  4. 80
    The Detroit duo spin sordid tales and lovelorn drama with just the right amount of restrained percussion, blooze picking and screaming confessionals. [Sep 2001, p.93]
  5. The only twang on the record is the sound of strings breaking as Jack attacks his guitar. [Sep 2001, p.104]
  6. While a few songs aren't quite as fleshed out as others, nearly every selection on White Blood Cells provides the sort of bluesy good-time kicks otherwise unavailable in today's pop marketplace.
  7. Their worst album so far.... Too much of the album ("Expecting," "Aluminum," "I Can't Wait," "I Can Learn") wallows in an odd, crusty hard-rock haze.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 62
  2. Negative: 5 out of 62
  1. Dec 23, 2010
    10
    White Blood Cells is like my new favorite garage rock album. It's catchy, the lyrics are great, the musicianship is astounding. Jack White's voice is amazing. "We're Going To Be Friends" is a catchy, fun song. "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground" is a great starter. And "Aluminum" is a really good instrumental song. All In All, The Best White Stripes album. A Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    10
    Absolutely brilliant album. For most bands, a masterpiece like this would be their best album but Elephant makes this band an exception. Jack White is one of music's biggest genius's and White Blood Cells was the first clear representation of that Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2012
    10
    This album really leaves you speechless at how great it sounds. You don't hear albums like this everyday, as White Blood Cells defines who the White Stripes are really. Key Tracks: "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", "Hotel Yorba", "Fell in Love with a Girl", "We're Going to Be Friends", "This Protector" Expand
  4. CPD
    Feb 12, 2011
    9
    Gritty, raw, and dirty (in the best way possible), this album will truly go down as a milestone in independent garage rock. With their third release, The White Stripes will flood you with distorted rhythms that two people usually aren't able to produce. A must have for any garage rock fanatic, or anyone who's looking for something out of the ordinary. Expand
  5. Aug 16, 2013
    9
    [9.3] The White Stripes flawlessly prove that in simplicity, there is beauty. This album is easily one of the best of the early 2000's, right up there with The Strokes. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2012
    8
    This was the record that introduced me to The White Stripes and man does it got some classics on it, "Dead Leaves..", breakthrough hit "Hotel Yorba" and everyones Indie dancefloor favourite "Fell in Love With A Girl" all to be found in the first 10 minutes of the record. It's a blistering start but the record doesn't quite manage to keep the tempo, quality levels that high throughout. They could have dropped 3 of the 16 tracks and turned this into a better album. I do think Elephant managed to sustain the quality throughout the record a bit better. Jack and Meg, one of Rocks most important partnerships over the last 15 years. Say what you like about Meg White, Jack's best records have been with her in the studio. Expand
  7. Apr 25, 2012
    2
    While I appreciate Jack White as a man pushing the boundaries of music and trying to return classic rock and roll, sometimes the results are less than interesting. The critics like the man so much, they tend to gloss over his failures. I love "Fell in Love with a Girl", but much of the rest of this album should have found the cutting room floor. Expand

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