White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 128 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 128

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  1. Aug 17, 2014
    10
    Holy crap. This album, this album right here, is brilliant. Not one of the 16 tracks is bad, not even mediocre. This album is absolutely amazing, and if you haven't heard any songs on this album, GET OFF OF METACRITIC AND LISTEN TO IT! This is easily their best album (even better than Elephant), the best album of the 2000s and my personal favorite album ever. BUY IT!!!!
  2. May 26, 2014
    8
    Started listening to White Stripes from their last album backwards (got into them via Icky Thump). It's hard to find any real flaw with White Blood Cells. Plenty of likable tracks through out and it's very enjoyable listening all the way through. It's definitely worth buying.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. TheyThis 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. Collapse
  5. 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.
  6. 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"
  7. 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
  8. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    10
    Catchy, great garage band music. This record is when they started to hit their stride. It also sets the template for their next, brilliant record Elephant. Their best work floods this album with songs like 'Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground', 'Fell In Love With A Girl', and the great 'We're Going To Be Friends.'
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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. However, this album is not nearly as good as the two that would follow.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 70
    Though nothing new -- instrument-wise -- is added to the mix of drums, guitar, and piano, the White Stripes' recipe cooks up heavier overall on White Blood Cells, while still retaining some of the cheeky, barroom brashness that has become their stock in trade.
  2. 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]
  3. White Blood Cells doesn't veer far from the formula of past White Stripes records; all are tense, sparse and jagged. But it's here that they've finally come into their own, where Jack and Meg White finally seem not only comfortable with the path they've chosen, but practiced, precise and able to convey the deepest sentiment in a single bound.