White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
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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: 56 out of 64
  2. Negative: 5 out of 64
  1. Apr 14, 2012
    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
  2. bradm
    Oct 16, 2003
    the white stripes are the best. so therefore the album is to.
  3. PhilR.
    Nov 25, 2001
    It's going on my christmas list!
  4. nashacrablegs
    Dec 28, 2006
    jack white is a genius
  5. KristiS.
    Sep 8, 2001
  6. tracic
    Feb 6, 2004
    one of the best i've heard in a long time. finally something original.
  7. BrianS
    Oct 17, 2003
    I'm sorry, but the White Stripes have absolutely no talent. This is the worst CD I've ever paid money for, and I honestly wish I hadn't. Do yourself a favor and don't pay money for this crap. Expand

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