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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.

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Icky Thump
Iiiiiiiieeeeeee Icky thump Who'da thunk? Sittin' drunk on a wagon to Mexico. Ah well, What a chump Well my head got a bump When I hit it on the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    Despite all the distortion and teeth-shivering riffs, Icky Thump rivals White Blood Cells in accessibility. [22 Jun 2007, p.68]
  2. "Icky Thump" is really a very odd record indeed, but then, oddness of a particularly bravura nature comes naturally to them.
  3. 'Icky Thump' is brilliant, there's no way around that.
  4. 80
    Icky Thump is a fearless album, braving a bold bunch of weird rock transformations: slick studio radio glam, southern jukebox boogie, Scottish Highlander mandolin jaunts (!!), stuttering mariachi machismo, comedic skits, etc.
  5. With its fuller sound and relaxed flights of fancy, Icky Thump is a mature, but far from stodgy, album -- and, as is usually the case, it's just great fun to hear the band play.
  6. This is by far The White Stripes’ most peculiar record.
  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 The affecting style that made them the most imaginative revivalists of their generation has been replaced by half-assed and half-hearted prog rock.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 122
  1. Mar 17, 2018
    10
    I hadn't really listened to The White Stripes for about ten years and I was a fan but didn't think they were particularly good songwriters butI hadn't really listened to The White Stripes for about ten years and I was a fan but didn't think they were particularly good songwriters but this album is on a whole other level to anything I have heard, the ear bleeding guitar is jaw dropping, riffs are ridiculously good! Its a beautiful sound and there are some classic songs, I would say its a classic rock album. Wow Expand
  2. timp
    Jun 19, 2007
    10
    fun and ferocious
  3. SeanP.
    Jun 25, 2007
    10
    Crazy and brilliant. Easier to listen to than Get Behind Me Satan, just as great.
  4. TomT
    Jun 19, 2007
    9
    Along with Fountains of Wayne, they are incapable of making bad albums.
  5. MarcoV.
    Jul 12, 2007
    9
    Anyone who rates this album lower than a 7 just doesn't get it.
  6. ErikV
    Jun 21, 2007
    8
    Good overall album but not great, probably their 3rd best offering behind Elephant, White Blood Cells, and right there with Get Behind Me Good overall album but not great, probably their 3rd best offering behind Elephant, White Blood Cells, and right there with Get Behind Me Satan. Nice to see the band progress with new and experimental sound elements but it seems to lack the listening simplicity that made their previous albums great. Lyrically not as fulfilling as previous albums. Expand
  7. p
    Jun 21, 2007
    0
    YAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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