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White Blood Cells

The White Stripes

2001

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White Blood Cells

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3.74

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5

Personally, a classic. So influential was this album to me in high school that Citizen Kane is full of references to The Union Forever, not the other way around.

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I usually like the white stripes, but this sounded like it was made by a 13 yr old

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2.5 | ¿Qué pasa cuando en un periodo de 3 años sacas 3 discos y 50 canciones? Paja... mucha muchísima paja. Tomando en cuenta que de los primeros tres discos este (merecidamente) es el mejor y el que los hizo famosos es todavía más extraño ver entre canciones brillantes como Hotel Yorba, We're Gonna Be Friends o This Protector tanta... tantísima paja y canciones intercambiables y que suenan 75% iguales entre unas y otras. Creo parte de mi problema es algo que tengo con todo el género, todo ese renacimiento de Rock Garage a inicios de los 2000's, todas esas bandas de The... Strokes, Hives, Vines, White Stripes, Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys etc etc. Todas tienen el mismo sonido de manera general, regresando sí, a un sonido crudo, de producción simple y poco trabajada, inmediato, "relatable", todas logran sonar "bien"... De hecho en muchas ocasiones sonar "muy bien" pero hasta ahí en mi opinión. Terminan siendo muy intercambiables, con algunas canciones y sencillos muy muy buenos pero como para prestar atención a un disco completo terminan en una nube de rock crudo de buen sonido pero indistinto y con un dejo de sensación de superioridad. Hace bastantes años que no escuchaba este disco y me dejó con la misma sensación que la primera vez... Tiene un par de buenas canciones y lo demás cansa.

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5

This is where I came in with them. Saw them on this tour in St Louis. An integral part of the soundtrack to my life and one of those relatively rare instances where the mainstream sucks an indie act into the stratosphere and got it right. Something akin to Nirvana injecting raw energy back into mainstream rock music a decade before.

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5

Blues and bangers coupled with some sweet folk noise. It’s bonkers and it’s fun and dark in all the right ways.

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5

Good stuff - gonna listen to this one most of the day. May be biased because of past two days of bleh albums, but 5*

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5

I truly forgot about this album so it felt like rediscovering an old friend

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5

Good record. Out of the context of the time, it doesnt make sense anymore. Not because the record is bad, but because in that moment it was shocking, then everyone else came behind and copied Jack White. It's no longer uncommon to find 100 records that want to be Jack White. But if you can listen with the ears and imagination that this sounds fresh, it's a great listen.

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5

I love the energy Jack Black brings. It always feels a little hillbilly meets hard rock. Sort of carrying the CCR, John Cougar-Melloncamp thread alive.

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Not quite avant garde traditionalism, but elevated for sure by its commitment to playing fast and loose with its own fidelity to the blues. Barely any of the songs feel like they've been conceived as songs, but all lined up they definitely sounds like they've been conceived as an album. So okay, maybe avant garde traditionalism after all.

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Has the same energy as rice crispies, a static television or a scratched record. Impressive what you can do with just a guitar and drums. Far from virtuosic on either of those instruments but the album has an energy and rawness which you can only admire. I'm a fan of The White Stripes but given a choice of their albums this is not the one I would listen to.

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Whilst there are a couple of stand out tracks, this feels more like a collection of songs than a coherent album, so once it finished I was left feeling underwhelmed and unimpressed

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White Stripes. So massive, so popular and.................. I never understood it. Bores the pants off me

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5

Awesome!

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5

Great album with a ton of killer tracks. In my collection already.

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5

Classic.

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5

Jack White makes rock n' roll cooler, smarter, and more fun.

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5

Bold as love is a great song

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5

Good shit

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5

I love The White Stripes, I'm happy to see this on the list. This is the least good of their albums and it still kicks the ass of almost anything else. Their music is so simple, yet so different, and they always sound like they're having so much fun. I could listen to them all day and have done so many times. Fun stuff, love it lots.

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5

nice!

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5

Amazing rock. At least 4 really good songs

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5

A perfect album that came out at the right time to prove to the world real rock wasn't dead.

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5

I surprisingly have never listened to the Clash, but I loved this album, it has a good beat. Might have to be one to add to the record collection!

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5

Big record. Reminds me of Ted’s Collision in Toronto and a fantastic time in my life

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5

This was great!! Love the white stripes!!! Many songs I’ve heard before and many that I hadn’t (: 10/10 would listen again

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5

This album is very special to me - Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground was one of the first songs I learned on guitar. Little Room is one of my favorite songs ever, not just of the White Stripes. Tons of gems here Hotel Yorba, Fell in Love With a Girl, We're Going to Be Friends. There are a few songs I don't love here but I think it's a fantastic album that still sounds great 20 years in.

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5

Fun

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5

So soo soo good

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5

Classic

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5

Great album. Love jack white

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Bangers

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5

9/10. Thought I'd rated this already, but this was an excellent album. Good length, and fun songs that don't drag on.

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5

The best White Stripes album I think even without the guitar solos

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5

love this album

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5

somehow sounds fresh even in 2021. I Smell A Rat definitely could've been left off. 9/10

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5

Bloody epic album! What's not to love 🥰

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5

Bloody hell this album is good. Not enough white stripes fans these days. Where are my fellow white supremacists at??

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5

Fantastic!

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5

Love this band. Great album. I remember when it came out.

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5

Almost all songs saved

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5

The riffs and haunting vocals make this a classic. No wonder Jack White is who he is...

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5

Great album.

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5

Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all

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5

Another one I have heard before but probably not listened to as an album in over 10 years. It holds up. I felt nostalgia for the popular songs and really enjoyed the deeper cuts as well

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5

Reminds me of summers in middle school developing my personal musical tastes. Such a great record and it still holds up today

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5

I don't know if I appreciated this album enough when it debuted. I went through a White Stripes phase, and I bought all their albums. This one, however, I listened to and enjoyed, but now I really appreciate the entirety of it. Meg and Jack create an entire genre of music through drums, guitar, and production. The influences of 90s grunge, 70s funk, Nashville, and their own spin on things is just so refreshing. Not one dud on this album. A truly great record.

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5

Five stars. Mic drop.

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5

Liked it very 90's poppy grunge sound

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5

Top tier album 11/10

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5

A once over rated album and band has grown to be one of my all time favorites. Really love this one.

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5

I played this CD until it no longer functioned. Can’t believe I forgot about all the gems on this album. 100 stars.

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5

Already loved it. Saw them at Glastonbury and it blew my mind how much of a racket 2 people could make, and the stage presence. The Union Forever is a tune.

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5

really grizzly, beating-heart, drenched kind of stuff

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5

In my opinion ythe best White Stripes album. Great song after great song. Dead Leaves...is an epic song and what follows is Jack White's best songs in his career. The songwriting is so spot on , the arrangements clean and punchy. 5 stars

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5

Amazing stripped down classic rock album. I think other than Aluminum, the album is strong from start to finish, with varied tempos and delivery. Jack White's voice doesn't sound like a great rock voice, but it is perfect for his music. Very enjoyable album.

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5

The White Stripes are absolutely a back to basics rock band. This album features fairly simple songs with good riffs, memorable songwriting, and great delivery from both Jack and Meg White. But at the end of the day, the White Stripes sound like the White Stripes. They show that back to basics doesn't mean rehashing everything that went before, but doing something new with the fundamentals. Jack White's DIY ethic is important because it democratizes music, something that the rise of home recording has only expanded upon.

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5

Tiny room was really cool. Minimal song with only lyrics and hi hat

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5

Pretty awesome can listen to it all the way thru

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5

I'm familiar with later White Stripes, but not this album. This album rocks! It feels a bit like classic 70s rock to me a lot of the time, which is a good thing. "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" is one of the harder rocking songs. I wouldn't have been surprised to have heard something like this from Bad Company in the 1970s. Great opening to the album! "Hotel Yorba" has a really great jaunty beat and a fantastic chorus. SO so good. One of my favorites. "I'm Finding It Harder To Be a Gentleman" is a slower but still awesome rocker with some great organ. Really great organ. "Fell In Love With A Girl" leans away from 70s hard rock and more towards punk. It's another impressive song and makes me wonder how a single person created such a diversity of songs. There is not a song on this album that I don't like or love. "Expecting" has a very interesting stuttering guitar. "Little Room" brings an intense drumbeat with some incredible vocalizations by Jack White. This guy is amazing. "The Union Forever" is a dark, moody rock song and I love Jack's voice with its incredible intensity especially as it cracks on the choruses. Then suddenly near the end has a vocal solo accompanied by a tapping drumstick before lapsing back into its somber melody. Incredible! "The Same Boy You've Always Known" is one of my absolute favorite songs on this album. Again that strong 70s rock vibe with a beautiful vocal performance. This is a perfect rock song. "We're Going To Be Friends" is a really sweet song that is about a school day in the lives of a couple of kids that perfectly captures that infatuation and joy of a young kid making a new friend. It gave me chills in its ability to take me back to the best times in elementary school. "Offend in Every Way" has really great, interesting guitar work and that strong beat that drives so many of The White Stripes' songs. I can rave about all the rest of the songs. But instead I will just wrap up by noting that this is one hell of an album that offers so much. Rock was alive and well at the turn of the 20th century in this incredible album. There is great variety but the album holds together well. Really liked the piano-driven closing song "This Protector." Meg White joins in to great effect! One of my favorite listens in what has been a journey filled with great listens. This is a great rock album!

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5

I have heard of this group, but I really have never listened to their music before. Although I was not giddy with excitement as I listened, I really did enjoy the album. I will listen again...and again...

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5

In 2004 I bought the soundtrack album of "Napoleon Dynamite" because I loved all the music, but especially for two songs. Those two songs were not on the album. One of them was "We're Going to Be Friends," which remains one of my favorite songs ever (including when sung by Jack Johnson). Had I bought this album for that song (instead of using Limewire—it was 2004 after all) I think I would have been very shocked since I was not, at that time, very familiar with the White Stripes. Oh...this is not an album of such acoustic sweetness. My first listen through was rough. All I heard was harshness—in voice, guitar, and drums. Didn't like. Started over before I finished. "Good lord, look at the praises to this album!" I noted. I'm gonna have to dig deeper and figure this out. I spent more time re-listening and reading about this album than most any I have reviewed. I watched all the videos. (The Lego one!!!) It's kind of amazing when you start to see the light, especially when, just as often, relistening reinforces and deepens your dislike. His crazy voice, the distorted guitar, and heavy percussion are raw and cool! The lyrics! "Little Room!" An homage to "Citizen Kane"! I love "Hotel Yorba." My score might be slightly inflated, just to incorporate the lovely feeling that getting a challenging assignment led to new appreciations this time.

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5

I love The White Stripes. I'm slightly torn here. It's not my favourite of their albums but it's still brilliant. It's only 40 mins long but it's got 16 songs on it, you do the maths.

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5

The bridge to their two greatest albums. I'll never not be utterly fascinated by Meg White. Apparently she started drumming on a whim, yet ended up thundering at times like she's the second coming of John Freaking Bonham. And this is band (fine, duo) without a bassist. I'll always be interested in anything Jack White does for the rest of his musical life, but there's already strong evidence Meg White brought out his best work. Plus her background vocals are always the perfect amount of spice. If you're like me and initially had this somewhere between a 4 and 5, give it the old "3 great songs, no bad songs" test. An apt comparison would be to call this the Stripes' Rubber Soul and Elephant is their Revolver.

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Hi: I'm Finding It Harder To Be a Gentleman, Offend In Every Way, I Can't Wait Lo: Little Room, I Think I Smell A Rat The White Stripes minimalist sound is one of their strengths. Every track is well-composed and deliberate in every waveform...White Blood Cells isn't just a call back to classic rock (It has very early Led Zeppelin vibes, with crunchy Robert Plant-like guitars and powerful John Bonham-like pounding drums), it's stripped-down to the essentials. Like a house with the drywall removed, only every stud and beam are level, square, and plumb. It sounds wild, but it's deceptively precise. Having now heard the tracks that weren't in heavy rotation, I have a whole new appreciation and sense of importance about The White Stripes.

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5

Awesome album. Classic. Hotel yorba, fell in love with a girl. Dead leaves and the dirty ground.

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5

Thank god for jack white

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5

Even if I did think that one song was a Jack Johnson song, still a top notch album

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5

7th December 2021 Listened on the record player while working before Kate, Gareth, Ben and Nilisha came round for dinner. Just explodes into your world. Raw, reverential, tender, poetic, sublime.

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5

White Stripes are such a sound. The vocals, guitar and drums are all so recognisable as the White Stripes . I ruddy love it. Jack White is one of the best guitarists.

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5

Iconic white stripes album. love many of the songs and the whole album is on theme.

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5

2021.12.17

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5

Decent early naughties rock album

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5

Excellent album

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5

What a great album. The opening riff hooks you and not a single song lets go. Jack White at some of his creative best.

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5

It's cool to be rough around the edges and imperfect, so long as you do it with a bilge full of panache

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5

Already loved this album. 5/5 I don't know if I can be objective about it. 1. I love all the songs, even the "weird" ones. Little Room, Aluminum, Expecting (less weird, but still) are all great. 2. I think I prefer the back half of the album overall, but that's because those songs are underappreciated. Favorite Songs: Same Boy You've Always Known Offend in Every Way Now Mary This Protector Hotel Yorba Finding It Hard To Be a Gentleman

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5

It’s easy to forget sometimes that there’s only two people on this record

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5

Wow, what an introduction to The White Stripes for me. Don't know how I never listened to them sooner, but it feels criminal. The album just made me smile like I haven't smiled at an album for a long time. It was a warm, comfy rock album, and every song managed to hit all the right notes with me. Super impressed and will be checking out more by The White Stripes.

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5

A classic that I always love revisiting

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5

Fucking hell, what an album this is. Still a regular listen. This album is fairly simplistic and by no means perfect but that is a huge part to why it is so special. if you were to re-record these songs played perfectly and extensively produced it would be a poor album. what we have here is jack white displaying the thing he has that is almost impossible to put a finger on without using the sould destroying phrase X factor.

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5

Ainda quero terminar de ouvir

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5

very cool

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5

Classic. Helped revitalize the hard rock genre.

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5

BANGERS!

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5

God damn this album’s sound is something else. And packed with great songs too.

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5

One of the albums that defibrillated guitar rock.

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5

Excellent

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5

I love the raw energy that the white stripes had on these first few albums.

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5

this album is so good. i will keep listening to it forever and ever. the white stripes are so weird and so good.

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5

This album made me rethink all my other ratings

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5

I do, have and always will love this band. This album features some absolute bangers. IF you’ve never listened to it in full. It is high time you do! A masterwork of early 21st century rock. One that basically lifted garage rock to the forefront.

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5

Absolutely brilliant album

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5

Can't believe how this album must have sounded before the Jack White copycats started up. Great raw sound, a classic for sure.

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5

i can tell that we are gonna be friends.

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5

Perfect indie rock. Like a roadtrip of punchy, catchy songs. Love it.

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4

This isn't my favorite album to listen to as an album. It's definitely an achievement in garage rock sound and history, but it's a bit slow for my taste in rock and I don't think that all the songs are equal in quality. A couple of White Stripes classic songs are on here, but also are some not as interesting ones where Jack White's voice sounds squeaky and annoying. When they hit it, the result is incredible, but there are a lot of meh songs here too.

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4

Good, solid, bluesy garage rock. No real frills about it. I don't think there's a bad song on here, but they do all kind of blend together after a while. I did listen thru it at least twice. Favorite tracks: "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman", "Fell In Love With a Girl", "We're Going to be Friends"

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4

Great rock album with some songs that really got me hyped. Felt like a FIFA soundtrack

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4

I'm not sure this album needed 16 songs, even at only 40 minutes. Still a hell of a ride, though. Best track: We're Going to Be Friends

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4

Dec nr

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4

Lovely album.

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4

A wonderful effort who's first half more than makes up for it's lackluster flipside. Every track up to "Aluminum" is solid gold. Everything that follows is filler, but its still decent. 4/5 stars. This album can do no wrong.

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4

Oh boy! What can I say... amazing all the way through.

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4

Great album!

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4

Loved the singles. Some of the non-singles felt kinda ehhh to listen to more than once. Overall felt kinda tame.

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4

Really strong, album is coherent as a whole piece

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4

Pretty awesome what a guitar and drums can accomplish

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4

Good stuff. 4 stars.

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4

Some annoying tracks

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Cuando mencionan el término "Garage Band" me vienen a la mente bandas como The Killers, Jet, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, etc.... diría que ese género llegó a su apogeo entre 2005 y 2010. Me llama la atención que los White Stripes hayan estado ahí desde finales de los 90´s, y también que varias canciones de este disco, que es de 2001, tienen ese sonido característico de "garage" que se volvería tan popular un poco más adelante. Este disco me enseñó que tengo que escuchar más de los White Stripes.

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4

I should probably listen to more of The White Stripes. I definitely enjoyed this. I like Jack White's vocals in general, and some of the jammy/off-kilter instrumentation at times was up my alley. Hotel Yorba reminded me of a rocky Bright Eyes. Definitely fun. I have definitely heard of "Fell in Love with a Girl". It's good. Not much else to say. I liked Little Room a lot, simple fun. The Union Forever might be one of my favs on this album. Goes a lot of places. Love the plain vocals/smacking of drum sticks after 2 minutes. Reminds me of that jam where I used the drumsticks against Tom's metal beam. :) I Think I Smell a Rat. I mean RCE cover lol? In my mind I was dreaming up a businessman music video for this song. Aluminum is enjoyably sort of experimental/off-tempo. I could see people giving this a 5. But it's not my favorite style to listen to all the time, it's a time and a place for me. It was fun to walk to for suuure.

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4

Brings me back to 2002 when the video for "Fell In Love With A Girl" came out and I first heard of the band. Great collection of songs, even if the production and instrumentation make them feel a bit samey and the less intense songs feel a bit twee. Lots to appreciated outside the songs that everyone knows; "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" is a great opener and the "The Union Forever" is also a standout

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4

Have listened to this many times. Enjoyed it again.

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4

A classic. Nothing else specific to say here.

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Favorite Songs: Hotel Yorba, Fell In Love With a Girl. The Same Boy You've Always Known, We're Going to Be Friends, I Can't Wait

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4

Wow

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4

I've listened to this album multiple times, and it is always fantastic.

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4

Sehr gutes Album 4

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4

Classic. Was in my high school rotation. Fizzles out a little towards the end. 4.5.

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4

Dope

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4

Tres bon rock, grunge, blues. C’est tres pur comme son, drummet guit mais le son et les tounes y sont! 4.25*

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4

More or less the same album as Elephant but a good rock album nevertheless!

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4

Hotel Yorba was the first song I heard of White Stripes. Offend in Every Way very Neil Youngish. Easily the best album of the list so far - Sack

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4

I'm always impressed at how full of a sound they get with 2 (occasionally 3) instruments. The songs were pretty varied, and while I felt like the last half of the album lost a bit of steam, it was a good listen.

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4

Sehr nett

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4

A great one to listen straight through. Love how they mix in some short rocky ones with the longer lyrical ones

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4

The White Stripes 3rd studio album released in 2001 was what made the DIY rock band gain notice. With contemporaries like The Strokes who wanted a more authentic sound, Jack White and Meg White made a fantastic throwback to the blues influenced rock of old. Nothing was overly fancy and everything was simplicity in its finest form. It’s got 16 songs in 40 minutes time, so quick songs but memorable none the less. This spawned mega hit “Fell in Love With a Girl” and the Napoleon Dynamite featured “We’re Going to Be Friends”. I really enjoyed the opener “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” as well as “Hotel Yorba”. The only gripe I have is with the back half having some similar sounds, but gripe is being extreme. Out of 10 I would give it an 8.6.

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4

Not as cool as I expected

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ja tinha ouvido

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Bande kojarze, bo kto nie zna seven army nation, ale samego albumiku nigdy nie przesluchalem, a warto bylo, rockowanie mocno garazowe, sa kawalki z mocna gitarka i waleniem po garach, jak w I think I smell the rat, ale sa tez spokojne kawalki, z akustykiem i okazjonalnym wyklaskiwaniem rytmu, we are going to be friends, a na takim hotelu yorba mozna ulsyszec bluesowe inspiracje, bande stanowil duet whitow, ale baba chyba nie dawala wokalu w ogole na tym albumiku, wiec multi instrumentalna parka, sporo kawalkow trafi na plejke, bo poza tymi ktore wymienilem wrzucam jeszcze the same boy u have always known oraz offend in every way, mocno trafil w moje gusty rokerskie, takie polaczenie strokes i green daya z odrobina czili

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"But I'm so tired of acting tough And I'm gonna do what I please" (Hotel Yorba) "I said I must be fine 'cause my hearts still beating" (Fell in love with a girl) Estoy poquísimo inspirada para escribir cosas muy repensadas últimamente pero este disco me gustó bastante.

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4

Loved this album. One star knocked off as it sounds a bit quaint these days

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4

So evocative of that time period, with great songs.

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4

My childhood

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4

Great album that I had not heard in a while.

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4

Garage-rock zoals het hoort. Blijft me ook verrassen hoe veel volume ze met 2 kunnen produceren. Sommige nummers vind ik wel een stuk minder op dit album

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4

some great songs - not as complete as get behind me satan. pretty raw, and snappy songs

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4

Why is there something about these albums that shouldn't be as good as they are? Wish I could inject these vibes straight into my soul on a rowdy pub day in the sunshine.

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4

A classic.

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4

That's a bit more like it. Love the vibe of this; great listening on a walk under the blue sky. Vocals in Hotel Yorba reminded me of early Beatles weirdly. Tasty electric throughout. Fell in Love with a girl is such an UNBELIEVABLE TUNE. Those rough short songs like Little Room and The Protector in contrast with I can't wait and The same boy you've always known make for an interesting holistic listening experience. A fan.

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4

I felt that I was carried along and that Jack and Meg took good care of me while listening to this album. With some hits especially Fell in love with a girl, you get a diverse album that can do almost anything without feeling boring. Simple yet powerful storytelling packed into 40 minutes worth giving a listen.

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4

Absolute Bangers in hotel yorba, Fell in Love With a Girl etc... I love the simplicity of it. It is just a bit too long.

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9. Love this stuff. White stripes were one of the first bands I got into back in 6th grade listening on my ipod touch. Great to revisit it and see that it's not just nostalgia, shits solid to the core

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esta buensiimo

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Remember when this first came out. Very original and quite simple but very good for a 2 piece.

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Not my favorite Stripes album, but very good nonetheless.

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Great album! Cannot believe it’s 20 years old! Whole album is a banger, nothing you’d skip as part of the experience! Definitely one for vinyl too I reckon!

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A great listen, so raw and full of energy

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Classic. Garage rock revival that destroys with simple guitar and drums. Love this. Favorite Tracks: Fell in Love with a Girl, The Union Forever, Aluminum

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dirty bite size rock

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Absolutely solid album. A great example of 2000's rock. Fell in Love With a Girl and We're Going to Be Friends are my favorites on the album.

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Great!

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The song "We are going to be friends" is really good.

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For being such a big part of my 20s this album held up well as a gem. Guitar and drum rock with no bells and whistles.

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Great Album, tho not as great as Elephant.

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Really great to hear this one again. Classic.

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Pretty much peak white stripes

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There are elements of the more unique bluesy garage rock that would come to define the White Stripes in this debut, but Jack and Meg White hadn't quite shaped their sound on "White Blood Cells." There's a lot to like here. "Hotel Yorba" is such a fun little romp, "We're Going to be Friends" is adorable, and "Fell in Love with a Girl" is just flat-out amazing. But revisiting this album I was surprised to notice what felt like hints of late-stage grunge. I've always liked "Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground," but realized that until Jack starts singing, it is fairly uninspired grunge crunch. It actually weirdly reminded me of Silverchair... I don't know why, but that's the band I thought of. Don't get me wrong, Silverchair is actually vastly underrated. But it's not the eye-opening opening-track punch of "Seven Nation Army."

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Pretty much an album of garage rock perfection the only issue is the sequencing. It's a top heavy album. Best Tracks: Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground; Hotel Yorba; Fell In Love With a Girl;

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Fell in Love With A Girl is a big tune. I like the White Stripes, I think I rated their last album a 4/5. In reality this is a 3.5, it's not as good as their other one but it's still good and I saved a couple tracks. 4

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Raucous. Enjoyed it more than I thought.

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Get in! Love a bit of the White Stripes. Thumping drums, stonking gurt riffs and agro vocals with a touch of whimsy. Lovely.

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Muy bueno, pero Fell in love with a girl supera por mucho al resto de las canciones del álbum

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4.0 - I've always respected the complete White Stripes aesthetic backed by a unique sound that's modern, direct and stripped to its essence. Meg White thrashes with primitive simplicity and Jack White's voice and guitar duel with squeals, roars and bellows. There are counterpoints to the giddy chaos like "We're Going to Be Friends" that offer sweet levity. Of all their "great" albums, this one may be slightly weaker but there are enough bangers to propel the enterprise forward. In my opinion, their follow-up “Elephant" boosts them to higher highs.

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Excellent from start to finish.

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Classic?/10 40mins goes by fast.

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Yesss. I'd known some of those songs already, and liked them, too. Not my vibe completely, but I like me some White Stripes now and again.

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Love it! 4/5

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A great album, cantbuy believe I've never listened to this one. Pushing it in all directions. Great energy.

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Good beats

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ну неплохо, думал хуже будет, не скучно, драйвово, дисторшненько в меру

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Stripped down, raw, unadulterated rock. These are simple, original songs played and sung passionately in a way that makes them timeless as if they could have been contemporary at the invention of blues. Favorite track: Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground

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This isn't my favorite White Stripes album but I appreciate the intentionally spare style on display. I love Jack's youthful, crackly voice straining to hit the higher notes and Meg's steady volume on the drums. There's the perfect punk song Fell in Love With a Girl, the too short Little Room, the melancholy and melodic Same Boy You've Always Known, and Offend in Every Way somehow evoking gunslingers in the old west. A couple of the songs are relentless with the guitar, drums, and vocals all keeping the exact same rhythm pretty much the whole time (Expecting and Aluminum). My two favorites are This Protector (good lord, I am a sucker for a rock and roll piano) and the unexpected We're Going to Be Friends, which only a monster could dislike. ("Teacher thinks that I sound funny but she likes the way you sing.")

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I have finally listened to this band

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It's like Van Halen in the opposite direction if U think about it

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Rough rock, little bluesy. Had some songs I’ve heard before that I didn’t know were the white stripes.

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Guays. Detroit garage rock de los 2000's

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Garage-rock y yo creo que también grunge y algo punky... Me ha gustado.

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first time really listening to the white stripes. More punk rock than I thought they would be. I like them. Definitely worth listening to a second time.

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Really enjoyed this. Not sure I've ever listened to a White Stripes album in completion! There were some classics in here, like "We are gonna be friends" (which reminds me of J-Cress) and others I didn't know that were punky and fun. Liked the one about a rat

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I don't have much experience with the White Stripes apart from learning to play Seven Nation Army on a shitty key board in Year 8 music lessons and pissing about. So this will be interesting. "Hotel Yorba" is obviously very fun and a bit of a tune and I love "We're going to be friends". Turns out there's more big bangerz they have which I didn't tie with the band or something. I don't love all of the tracks and after an entire album, this does get a bit much with the tone of the vocals and the punchy guitars. Not something I'd really want to listen to all the time but it does include some bangerz which are cool to listen to now and then.

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Fades a bit toward the end but deserves a 4

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Still a great listen, I remember why I listened to them so much back then

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The sound of the Kinks for the 2000’s.

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Not a huge fan of jack but have a lot of respect for him. This is solid

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נחמד ביותר

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חמודים ביותר

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Great start, boring end

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Fell In Love With a Girl is a rare song that I'd always listen to whenever it came on shuffle. It's a lovely booster shot of adrenaline to complement all moods. And also too short to bother skipping. Speaking of which, Little Room is ace too. Dunno if it's just the limitations of a 2-piece band but listening to this I noticed l that Jack White reuses a lot of stuff. Like, there are really specific guitar parts that appear again in later songs. Can't say it ruined my enjoyment though. Feels like there's some filler between the gems but it's good filler, you know?

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Gave it two listens, much better on the latter one. Surprised how good it was despite it having two musicians. Gets a bit long by the end but still a good time. Fell In Love With A Girl and We're Going To Be Friends were the best of the singles and I Can't Wait was my favourite album cut.

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Really enjoyed this stripped back blues and rock album. Often the weak drums are just left off altogether and are not missed. Great singing, better than later years when they appear a bit more affected/pretentious. Not so many recognisable hits, but all strong songs.

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Starting in the late 60s, music started to become more heavily polished with heavy production and state-of-the-art sounds. With the rise of heavier blues rock of Lynard Skynard-clones, punk killed this trend. It revived in the mid-80s and spiraled out of control, until grunge killed the trend again. A few years later, post-grunge and nu metal tried to revive this act but even more over-the-top that before. This album, alongside Is This It, started the garage rock revival movement of the early 2000s that unfortunately did not take over the mainstream industry, but there was a wave of relief among rock fans and critics. The White Stripes are by far the most influential and true-to-form of the bunch. This album is entirely raw, with studio imperfections littered everywhere and an amateur drummer who never does anything crazy. Jack White gives it all. His writing is strong. His riffs are melodic yet like no other, despite how simple they may be. Tracks are short to never tire you of a unique idea. Of course these songs are mostly rooted in blues, but they range in many styles, from the fast-paced punk of "Fell in Love with a Girl," the campfire folk of "We're Going to Be Friends," the square dance optimism of "Hotel Yorba," the gothic experimentalism of "The Union Forever," and not to mention songs like "I Think I Smell a Rat" or "Little Room" that I can't even fathom to describe. Perhaps this isn't Jack's most consistent effort, but it certainly extends the furthest and shows just what is capable with a talented musician and songwriter, and a whole lot of spirit. Glad this took off... I only wished it was able to fully do what punk and grunge had done before.

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I really like white stripes' music. I especially appreciate that they were wholly unique in the genre. What I can't wrap my mind around is that Jack White keeps showing up on top guitarist of all time lists.

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I liked it! Will for sure come back to this album some time. Liked the mix between short songs and the longer ones. Favourite songs: - Dead leaves and the dirty ground - Fell in love with a girl - We’re going to be friends

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Love jack white

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Not my favourite White Stripes but a solid collection of garage rock relationship tracks. Haven't listened in a while and exactly as good as I remembered in coming back

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Love the simplicity of this album. As teenagers my brother and I learned nearly every single song on this album since all you needed was guitar and drums.

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I seriously must have been living deep underground or waltzing in a parallel universe at the time, because for some reason I completely missed The White Stripes and then Jack White until maybe about 3 years ago. I had heard the riff from Seven Nation Army before, but just thought it was some random hook or something. This is my first listen to this album. I've also heard some of their other stuff and his other work, too. I think this album is great and, as a beginner guitarist who still sounds like I'm playing with mittens on, I am blown away by what a guitar virtuoso Jack White is. I've watched portions of the documentary 'It Might Get Loud' in which Jack White is one of the three rock guitarists featured in it (the other two are Jimmy Page and The Edge), and I find him to be an interesting thinker, too. On this album, I enjoy the simple garage-rock sound, the catchy rhythms, and their sense of melody. There's a little bit of an edge to it all but not overdone. Definitely hear some punk influences in there in addition to blues, blues-rock, etc. (I have a soft spot for "We're Going To Be Friends" for a lot of reasons, including the opening title sequence in 'Napoleon Dynamite'.) I need to explore more of their work and Jack White's stuff.

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I fucking love The White Stripes. Jack White one helluva songwriter, and White Blood Cells boasts this skill in spades. I mean, this sucker has range. Minimalist tendencies are maximized, dialing blues rock down to its bones and dialing up the volume – what more do you need than some guitars, a simple beat, and some keys? (Nothing.) 4.5/5

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The White Stripes' roots clearly run back to 70s classic rock, especially on songs like 'Expecting', 'The Union Forever', and 'Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground' but the garage rock approach really helps set them apart and breathes new life into the tired classic rock formula. Love the droning, ominous organ chords on 'The Union Forever'. Stripped down garage rock isn't my biggest jam, but this album does it well. Big early psych rock vibes to the back half of the album, such as 'I Think I Smell a Rat' and 'Aluminum', which is rad as hell.

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Pivotal for garage rock. Minimalist but also fun.

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The definition of raw. Love the production on this, it's so god damn LOUD but in the best way. Also enjoy how off the performances are in some ways (guitar out of tune, Jack Whites off kilter vocals), it's rough at times but adds to the aesthetic. Really good. Meg's simplistic drumming has been a bit of a meme but it just works in the context.

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I love the variety of recorded sounds on this album. Everything sounds great, even though there's a ton of lo-fi quality types of recording technique. Highlights for me are the first half of the album; "Finding it Harder to be a Gentleman" has some great electric piano, "Fell in Love With a Girl" has a great guitar hook, and "Same Boy You've Always Known" has a really great classic rock sound. Songs like "Union Forever" are kind of clams in my mind; seems like pretentious psych-rock filler, but overall a pretty good album.

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This was a great album! I was very excited to listen through this one as I have never really given the White Stripes a chance in the past. I'm sure most people are aware of Jack White or their smash hit "Seven Nation Army", but I mostly think of one of my favorite movies, Napoleon Dynamite, whenever someone brings them up as their song "We're Going To Be Friends" is used during the opening credits. That song has always been a favorite of mine, and it just so happened to be on this particular album. Overall, I really enjoyed the high energy and quick pace of this record. I feel like it had less vocal effects and a cleaner production than other White Stripes material I have heard in the past which really benefitted every song on here. While not necessarily revolutionary, White Blood Cells ended up feeling timeless in that it definitely does not feel dated in 2022 as some other albums from this time period might. It is also an album that could have worked in the 1960's/1970's as well with its loud guitars and bombastic drums. My favorite aspect of this album ended up being its short track lengths as it kept me engaged throughout the entire listen. It was a breath of fresh air when going through this list as there are many albums that are not only needlessly long but also have songs that go on for 7+ minutes. In short, I had a lot of fun going through this one, and I can see myself listening to it again soon. 4/5.

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This was fun.

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4.5/5. So many great songs. This was the album that made me - and I'm sure many other pay attention to the new an unique band. Yes, they had a couple albums before this one, but I never heard them and never heard of the White Stripes until this one came out. I loved it, the first time I heard it back then and it has only gotten better with age!

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Fav:intro

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Decent colour scheme but the husband and wife pretending to be brother and sister thing was all a bit weird wasn't it?

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The white stripes The brown stains The endless nightmare in my brain The red blood The green eyes The eerie mood that fills the skies The purple helmet The pink hole The crippling darkness of my soul The blue moon The yellow sun The inviting trigger of my gun The black night The grey skin The rotting body of my kin

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This album kinda slaps. Not much more to say besides that - all the songs just jam so hard and it works so well. It also has a good flow throughout the whole thing so it's not too exhausting to listen all the way through. 8/10

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3.7 - raw and less bluesy than most White Stripes I'd heard, but a nice listen nonetheless. Really enjoy the stripped down nature of "We're Going to Be Friends"

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Really good album, Jack White fucking rocks

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This some really lovely stuff

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Most of this I quite liked. Especially Union Forever and We're Going to be friends but really disliked Aluminum.

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Very nice vibe

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Like nearly all record-collection rock, White Blood Cells is simultaneously corking fun and hugely frustrating. It also manages to demonstrate that most conspicuous of paradoxes: in its attempts to sound as authentic as possible, it serves principally to sound inauthentic. That opening may suggest that I view White Blood Cells and the White Stripes harshly. Please let me assure you that is not the case. The album is a 4-starrer and much of it is obviously great. The White Stripes were very much the diamonds of the garage rock revival, and their best songs (Fell in Love with a Girl, Seven Nation Army, yes, their most famous ones) were the best songs of that movement. Jack White has proven that he can consistently bash out a riff to rank alongside those of Tony Iommi or Angus Young. But I can't deny that I felt slightly weary listening to the album. Here's the issue, as I see it: the White Stripes don't so much declare their influences as advertise them. This is not bizarre in itself. These influences, a melding of Son House and Loretta Lynn and the Sonics and the Stooges, are extremely common; indeed, those represented genres each form a rich, deep seam of American music. Again, this is not an oddity. However, the White Stripes have clung to their predecessors so firmly that the listener wonders if the White Stripes could release a song that wasn't beholden to Muddy Waters or the 13th Floor Elevators. Isn't rock n roll meant to be about disrespecting your elders? There is an Italian concept called sprezzatura. Stemming from the late Renaissance work on civilised behaviour The Book of the Courtier, sprezzatura can be defined as studied carelessness, the projection of nonchalance in order to hide effort and make skilful acts appear easy (sprezzatura is most famously employed within fashion, where the wearer will make deliberate mistakes in their garb to show that they don't give a damn; Gianni Agnelli, the owner of Fiat, was perhaps the 20th century's greatest practitioner of sartorial sprezzatura, with the wearing of his watch over his shirt cuff becoming his signature flourish). That's what's missing from this album: insouciance. When the White Stripes bragged about recording the album in 4 days in order to sound unpolished, you couldn't help sense Jack White nerdily showing us his workings.

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Simple yet wonderful

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The music is very good, but the lyrics and the vocals don't match the energy.

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I remember a lot of these tracks from the past. It’s noisy, it’s pretentious, and it’s so effing good. I think I like it now more than I did 20 years ago.

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Não reconheci o hit, mas funcionou bem. Boa condução.

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Love most of Jack White's stuff though I hadn't actually heard this album before. Good but doesn't necessarily stand out from other White Stripes albums IMO

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The album starts and ends strong! There are some tracks in between I’ll probably never warm to, but overall I enjoyed the menacing guitars and Jack White’s honest voice.

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Highlights: I'm Finding it Harder to Be a Gentleman, Now Mary. I thought I was pretty familiar with this one, loved the singles on it, but it's very nice to get reacquainted with it like an old friend.

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Good music, enjoyed a lot of the songs. Wish the vocals were stronger but it's still good.

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This album is fantastic

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Good album, I enjoy the white stripes but only so much. I don't understand the hype around Jack White.

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Garage-rock y yo creo que también grunge y algo punky... Me ha gustado.

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A couple rough ones on here (Aluminum??), but overall a solid album.

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Rockin tunes

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I dig it. The White Stripes have effectively created a whole new genre of music with their frenetic musical style and sly lyrical tomfoolery. They are the perfect music for a time capsule - if you needed to encapsulate the early 2000’s in one singular sound The White Stripes would do it perfectly.

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Solid album, like most of the white stripes work

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Some bad drumming... all round ok!

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Niceee

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It's definitely a White Stripes album

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well written rock songs

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I’m normally not a fan of Jack White as a human being, but this is as good as any of the White Stripes albums I’ve heard.

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To be honest, I only listened to this once. A few great tracks, but would definitely prefer fewer longer tracks. Didn't blow me away, but would give it another listen.

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Alright, not the best not the worst from the White Stripes

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Not too different from the other Stripes album, appreciated the few singing songs but still overall nothing too outstanding

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Good album. Memorable songs. But not amazing.

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Some good jams. Honestly kinda love how raw and underproduced it sounds. Lol apparently that was intentional "Jack White asked recording engineer Stuart Sikes more than once "not to make it sound too good."

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3.5 Enjoyed this one! Love the guitar + piano

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Sku lidt larmende

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3.4

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I like a bit more straightforward version of garage rock. At some times, it gets too experimental, at other times, too corny. A lot of it has to do with the fact that some of the songs are crazy famous and overplayed, but still

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Good Album. Was an easy listen.

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I like The White Stripes but it is clearly not their best work.

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Se queda ahí, justo a la mitad. No es mal disco pero tampoco es su mejor aportación y quizá el gran mérito está en que fue su salto a lo comercial y un pas más lejos de la estética de blues para entrarle al minimalismo que después hizo icónico a Jack White. Me gustan mucho Hotel Yorba y, obviamente, Fell In Love With A Girl.

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Nothing special, very generic rock with two exceptions. Fell In Love With A Girl and We're Going To Be Friends are great, but the rest is nothing spectacular.

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Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Always liked the video to Fell In Love With A Girl. Lots of quality tracks I've added to some playlists. Little Room is garbage. Can't hear We're Going To Be Friends without thinking of the opening titles of Napolean Dynamite. Better than Nirvana. Dig the feel of the album as a whole, less about the individual tracks. Except Little Room, which is trash. B-side lets the A-side down a bit, kinda goes out with a whimper.

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i've listened to this before, i enjoyed it fine, i do not wish to return to it

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Meh

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A few good songs

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Good listen not something I would throw on although I like the stripes

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Música simple y poderosa que impacta de inicio pero se estanca al final. Tiene canciones muy buenas pero como disco creo que de la mitad hacia el final no tiene nada memorable. Songs: Hotel Yorba, Fell In Love With a Girl, Little Room, I can learn.

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Hotel Yorba was the first song I heard of Interesting. A lot of same same, and not really my cup of tea. If confusion had a sound, I think it would be something like this - Sloth White Stripes. Offend in Every Way very Neil Youngish. Easily the best album of the list so far - Sack Not as good as Kendrick -Fro A good trip down minimalist memory lane but definitely not the music to be listening to while driving in Sydney traffic on a 32C day. Absolute patience destroyer. 3 stars. - Pete

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Ok

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Rock. Simple pero interesante.

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Some real fun guitar/riffs. Makes me want to pick up an electric. Pump up music that is very 2001

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cool

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I don't love TWS as much as I wish I did. This album is pretty emblematic of that

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There's a song here about smelling a rat that spoke to me because rats are living under my porch. I think Jack White is strictly okay.

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Meg White's drumming ruins about 1/2 of the songs. I think maybe if there was bass it could fill in some of the low-end gaps that the percussion leaves, but since there isn't I didn't like it (despite a heroic effort by Jack White). Honestly the album could have been an 8 or 9 but she bumps it down to like a 5.

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sounds like they are trying so hard to sound different. some good songs, beatles vibes.

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A lot of variety and the more relaxed parts weren't bad, but there were some emo-y parts that were pretty unpleasant. Closer to a two than a four for sure.

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Good songs, but front loaded and maybe a little samey.

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I wanted to like this album bc I really liked We're Going to be Friends beforehand, but the rest was just fine. Didn't love his voice. 5 for me

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Good album! Solid rock n' roll. "The Union Forever", "We're Going To Be Friends", "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" are great.

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3/5 it has some nice tracks, but ultimately no.

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Jack white is a somewhat imperfect singer and maybe that is part of the whole point - I only /really/ liked 3 songs on that album the rest was samey grunge sound note to self : dont like grunge

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I really liked the later part of the album. They have some nice songs but the beginning trudges you along too much to make it more than average.

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Cracking album, cracking band. Not their best imo (Get Behind Me Satan) but really enjoyed this nonetheless. Fell In Love With a Girl is a fucking monster of a track. Meg White is genuinely awful at drums and she can’t seem to play anything other than 2/4 but Jack is a musical genius so it makes up for it. I think 16 songs is a little overkill and they probably should’ve just left some as B-Sides, there’s no way their label asked for it. I’d have placed it somewhere between 3 & 4 but it doesn’t deserve the whole 4 star rating.

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Bang bang drums

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I didn't find that this one was jammed with tracks I'd listen to on repeat, but there were tracks like 'The Union Forever' and 'This Protector' that I liked a lot on this album. Happily listened to the album a few times through, and I'll probably come back to it again in the future, so an easy 3 for me

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No es Elephant, pero también es escuchable. Aun así pienso que el otro álbum está un pelín por encima.

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very good rock album

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Fell in love with a girl 10/10, aber sonst einfach nicht so mein stil leider

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A few interesting ballads and overall fact of mainly two instruments generating drive is pretty amazing. Bored me halfway through the album unfortunately, will try to give it another chance later

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Its pretty solid, someone pointed out to me that meg white is a very basic drummer and listening to this I think I agree. She's significantly more talented than me but doesn't feel like she adds anything to the album

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I listened to it 3 or 4 times.

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Macht Spaß

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Never quite got the appeal of this band. Some songs are great, most are forgettable. That said, it is listenable.

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The White Stripes are alright. This album has some hits but doesn't carry the whole way through. There were some songs that I was familiar with but did not know it was a White Stripes song

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It's flawed. It's got filler and it's definitely rough around the edges. But you'd be hard pressed to find another album that sounds just like it. It's raw and direct, and is an early indicator of the artistic ability of Jack White. Fell in love with a girl is rock on steroids, and We're going to be friends is such a gorgeous, touching tune. And props to Napoleon Dynamite for immortalising it too

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So today I found this is the third and not the first White Stripes album, I’m such q poser lol. It’s a good album with some good memories attached to it

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The White Stripes are the one band who’s catalogue I explored after hearing another album on this list (Elephant) and giving it a 5. I’m so I’ve listened to this album recently, liked it, and downloaded it. I still like the distorted, bluesy, garage guitar sound. But I’m just not feeling it right now. The album feels disjointed. There’s some really good songs here, but there’s also some not so good like Little Room. I had no idea that Jack White wrote We Are Going to be Friends. I am familiar with the Jack Johnson version and I thought he wrote it. Good song. Maybe I’m tired, maybe I’m distracted by looping CHV4 all weekend, or maybe it’s just not as good as I remembered. I’m not deleting it from my library yet, but I might after a future listen.

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Not as good as Elephant

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The third album from the White Stripes is a garage rock revival effort that cemented this album as a classic from the 2000's. Bolstered by the single "Fell in Love with a Girl" and the re-release of the album by a major record label, this album went on to be certified platinum and catapulted the duo into commercial popularity and critical success. The White Stripes recorded this album their own way in only a week and established themselves as great musicians in the mainstream. You have got to love this album if you love rock!

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Coole groep, ik ga nog wat van hun beluisteren

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leuk leuk, cool cool cool, ik kende ze van naam en dat een bekend nummer dus leuk eens wat meer te horen.

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Great album. I love the blues influence from jack white. A very catchy album that’s awesome to listen to on repeat.

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I used to enjoy this album, but re-listening now it felt a bit too striped back. On a tangent, I recall some guy adding his own bass tracks to this, releasing it as "Redd Blood Cells", jeez that was nearly 20 years ago! http://www.reddkross.com/features/RBC/

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Fun rock music.

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Not bad

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Easy to listen to. I don't think the sound offers much depth. It feels too wannabe outsider which drags the album down ('Offend In Every Way'). The singing is generally not for me. The problem is that he's trying too hard to be quirky and different ('I Think I Smell a Rat'). The album does have its highlights though. The first three tracks were interesting and made me excited to see what else was coming up, which ended up not being too much... The middle of the album is simply boring. The album picks up steam near the end with 'I Can't Wait', 'Now Mary' and 'I Can Learn'. Tl;dr: The beginning and the end is good, but the middle is bland.

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meh.

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Starts strong, realised I knew most of the songs already. Last five tracks aren't amazing.

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First of all, let it be known that "Fell in Love With a Girl" takes its hook from Fun Lovin' Criminals' "Smoke 'Em" and nobody else noticed. But I did. I see you Jack White. Anyway, a few tracks in, I realized the sheer simplicity of every instrument and every song. And the drummer's... uh, not good. I realize the story goes that Meg unlocked something in Jack that let to their very fruitful collaboration. I can't argue at all with their success; I know also that Jack has gone on to impress me in many groups and many songs, so I know there's talent there, hiding somewhere. But this album has very little on display. And yet... I kinda dig it. They undoubtedly got lucky in some ways to make it big with this, but I shouldn't underestimate the musical power and charisma that comes across in putting 150% into your work. There's one absolute highlight. "I Can Tell That" is one of those songs that's a perfect combination of all elements: form, harmony, instrumentation, production, and the emotional content of the thing. Instant and powerful nostalgia bomb to your best friendships growing up.

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Some fun, rocking moments but the tracks tend to blend together. Good for background rock music but nothing that really grabbed me and made me pay attention. Definitely nothing to complain about either, just nothing that wow'd me.

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3 atjrnor, en kommentoi

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White stripes before they hit their stride

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I have only listened to a couple White Stripes songs previously, those being their two biggest singles. I honestly had higher hopes for this one. It wasn't bad, just not the same appeal to me as there later stuff. Maybe a 3?

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Good

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I don't really care for their music and I'm a rock guy. Idk, none of the songs are really catchy or stand out, despite their listens on Spotify. Can respect it though. 6/10.

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Oooooooooh I think I smellll a ratttttt 3/5

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But better than The Doors ☺️.

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Garage rock gold, not exactly my cup of tea. Nice hooks, great drumming, what more could one ask for?

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Not a massive fan of the White Stripes but it's hard to deny that Hotel Yorda, Fell in Love with a Girl, and We're Going to be Friends aren't fantastic songs. Three songs don't make an album though. 2.5 stars rounded up

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Not an album I'd listened to many times before but actually really enjoyed it. Completely forgot a couple of the songs on it were White Stripes numbers. Still despite this it doesnt feel revolutionary

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Very comforting album - reminds of me being 15. This is the only White Stripes album I do not own and I wish I did.

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7/10

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The White Stripes are one of the few bands from this late 90s/early 00s indie rock scene I can enjoy. This isn't as good as Elephant, it's really heavy on the DIY garage rock vibe and it can get kinda grating if i'm not in the mood for underproduced barebones jams, but it's still fun enough for an occasional listen. 3/5.

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Nice alt rock album by Detroiters. White stripes are a good duo of upbeat alt punk style music. Their songs are catchy and also filled with some good jamming instrumentals. 6.9/10

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Fell in love with a girl Dead lives and the dirty ground Sympa mais pas le meilleur WS

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Great album! Grabs you from the very beginning and never lets go. Jack and Meg just keep hitting you over and over again with raspy vocals and killer drums and strings. Solid album.

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Wow, I used to *really* like this one but upon relistening for the first time in a decade+, it's just okay. I still dig Hotel Yorba and Fell in Love with a Girl.

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I didn't know this rock band. They're doing pretty well.

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3/5

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I've always appreciated The White Stripes' role in the revival of the garage rock band sound. Back in the early 2000s, they felt unique in that I can't recall anyone else doing what they were doing, at this time, quite like the them. They treaded lightly in their roots -- the blues rock space -- on this album, but never at the expense of the garage rock sound they were migrating towards. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground is a great Zeppelin-esque opener, which I am sure was the intention. The vocals are even modeled after several Robert Plant-isms. Jack White's voice and singing style in general have always intrigued me and make the band's music more fun than it would be without him. That said, while I recognize that this is the album that shaped their familiar sound and rocketed them into the mainstream, and while a few of their most signature songs are on this album, it's not the strongest of their discography. Still a decent album, though!

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very garage band! it's interesting how much meg and jack white could do between the two of them, vocals and instruments. sometimes simple is fantastic, as in "little room" and "we're going to be friends" but sometimes simple falls flat in others. maybe it's showing me i'm not really a garage band genre person. i certainly respect it, because darn it all "hotel yorba" slaps! but on a whole, this album is just average.

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simple musically; not a lot of instruments, background vocals, etc. music is creative

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I never understood the hype of White Stripes. The album is not bad, but also not excellent. A decent album I would say.

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Some of it is very, very good and some of it is a bit shit. So, are they brother and sister or husband and wife? Both?

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An alright album one or two good songs and the rest average but overall a high 3 stars

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good album, dont think it has much replay value, would give a 3.5 if possible

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They say that Meg White began her musical career on a whim. I believe it! Jack White is a premier mind in funky, bluesy, edgy rock and roll. His sister is a amateur drummer. Unfortunately it hurts the bottom line. I could listen to Jack White strum a guitar all day, but Meg just doesn't offer anything.

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By co-incidence, we watched Napoleon Dynamite the day this album come up. One of my favourite films, and I never knew the title track was a White Stripes song. I had heard the hits from this album, but never listened to it the whole way through. I think the variety of sounds is surprising, given the set up of the band. Enjoyable.

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A fun listen. It’s been a while. I like it a lot more than I did at the time.

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Hotel Yorba is immense. Otherwise, meh..

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A lot of solid songs on this. Don't think I'd actually listened through this one all the way before. Used to be really into The White Stripes.

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A cool indie rock album from the beginning of 2000. However, Jack White's music always left me a little indifferent, I didn't manage to like it at its fair value yet. My two strong points of the album would be: the ultra simplistic and powerful drum of Meg White and the magnificent song "We're Going To Be Friends".

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I was a huge fan when I was younger, I get why. But I'm somewhere different in my life now.. ;)

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I understand every bit of popularity of this duo, but it juste isn't for me. There was a few hits, but I found it mostly pretty dull.

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The White Stripes are the kind of band that a greatest hits would be more than enough for me. Some really great songs mixed with some rather dull ones.

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This album has a great energy. The quality of the individual songs is a little uneven throughout, but it's still an incredibly fun listen that has aged well. Fave Songs: Fell in Love with a Girl, Hotel Yorba, I Can Learn, Expecting, I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman, Now Mary

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When the White Stripes first appeared in summer 2001, I was initially very keen. However, I quickly found that their songs didn't have staying power - they sound great on first listen, but I don't have a strong urge to revisit. So, this was my first listen to this in nearly 20 years. I haven't really changed my mind - there are some strong singles here, but none that would make my personal playlist, and some of the other songs are one-dimensional. I also particularly dislike his 'proper gentleman' attitude, which I think at the time was mistaken for charmingly retro, but I think in fact is backward chauvanism. Not one I would want to listen to again.

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Every indie movie song is on this album. i don't like the white stripes though.

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Ok, very harsh/stark.

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Didn't like his voice. Noisy.

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4

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Que toque el boli... a no aquí no viene esa. Insisto en que debería haber una reseña del por que están los discos en la lista, no siento que aporte mucho el disco, tal vez sea la transición entre lo que eran y lo que fueron a partir del elephant. Escuché 3 rolas que me hicieron mover pero lo demás es puro relleno .

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Eh. Not awful but probably won't listen again. 5/10

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not my jam - I'd heard Fell in Love With a Girl and We're Going to Be Friends before and they're good songs but the rest is meh

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1. Şarkı dead leaves and dirty ground: güzel (tek riff, 90 lar sikik rockı ama güzel) 2. Şarkı hotel yorba: güzel (bob dylan tarzı) 3. Şarkı im finding it harder to be gentleman: eh iste (bitane 90lar sikik vardı buna gerek yoktu) 4. Şarkı fell in love with a girl: guzel/eh iste (sarkı buram buram alternatif kokuyor) 5. Şarkı expecting: eh iste (begenemedim) 6. Şarkı little room: eh işte(kardes senin sesin inceyken cok tatlı oluyo 50 saniye boyunca inlesene, paragraf sonu, albümü parçaya ayırmış) 7. Şarkı the union forever: güzel (90 lar sikik nirvanası ama şarkı tek düz değil. Bu şarkıyla albümde rock n roll arayışını kenara bırakıp 3 boyutu alternatif rock gözlüklerimi takıyorum.) 8. Şarkı the same boy you've always known: kötü( kardes 16 tane sarkı yapalım aynı olsunlar biri tutar. bu şarkıya önceki dinlediğim şarkıları da göz önünde bulundurarak kötü diyorum.) 9. Şarkı We're going to be friends: güzel( chill akustik gitar ve yerinde bir vokal. okeydir bu şarkı) 10. Şarkı offend in every way: güzel (iyi be fena değil, girişi ve çıkışı harikaydı ortaları albümün geri kalanının tarzıyla aynı) 11. Şarkı i think i smell a rat: eh işte (yeter dedirtti keyif alamıyorum.) 12. Şarkı aluminium: kötü(daha fazla gitar temalı müzik iste istemiştim ama bunu istememiştim.) 13. Şarkı i cant wait: güzel ( kardes bu sarkı olmus, evet bu da albümün çoğu şarkısı gibi alternarif kokuyor ve 90lar sikik ama dinlerken keyif aldım, ve vokalin sesi baydı) 14. Şarkı now marry: eh işte ( eh işte işte) 15. Şarkı i can learn: kötü (vokal bi sus be kardesim, atlayarak dinledim) 16. Şarkı this protector: güzel (iyi bir kapanış olmuş, basit bir piyano ritmi yeterliymiş aslında, adınıza rock demenizd gerek yok, demiyoruz zaten kardes) Genel olarak albüm kötüydü. Sebebi ise benzer ve basit şarkılar olmaları. Albümün en sevdiğim şarkısı: i cant wait(oturup dinlerim)

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I wouldn’t say I like this type of music very much, but I actually enjoyed some of the non-guitar riffs quite a bit. But the freestyle nature of the vocals just isn’t my thing.

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Surprisingly rubbish.

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Mmmmmm no es mi estilo

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false

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Jodå. Helt okej, kanske bättre än jag förväntade mig. Ett ganska starkt ointresse av The White Stripes har runnit genom mig, därav denna långa väntan sedan mitt senaste inlägg (till er många som jag vet läser detta frenetiskt ber jag om ursäkt för detta). Dock, även om albumet var okej, så gjorde det inget större intryck på mig. Det ointresse som en gång runnit, rinner nog tyvärr vidare. Det hade kanske krävts något makalöst för att få mig med på tåget när suget att lyssna varit på en sådan låg nivå. Nåja, kul med musik och mediokert med The White Stripes!

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not my genre but the union forever and aluminum is really good its like a dead moon plays in 2001

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Jack White is the default heir apparent to Jimmy Page and the White Stripes to the Stones. Jack White has a rudimentary grasp of his instrument at best. He's an imitator, not an innovator, unless you count dumbing down the music of his predecessors, which was already roots music. Wonderful. Which leads us to White Blood Cells.Naturally, the execution is garage-y and crude--Jack White is incapable of anything else. This leaves us with the songs themselves, which is where the strength of White Blood Cells, such as it is, lies. What Jack White has done here is to create songs that are the equivalent of the platonic ideal of a stool, i.e. having three legs and little else. To his credit, he creates punchy rhythms and melodies in the style that he's indebted to, cribbing liberally from the Stones and The Who, but there's literally nothing else. No grace notes. No solos worthy of the name. No innovations. No borrowing from other music traditions. This is basic, basic, basic, basic, basic stuff. Why in God's name would anyone listen to a Cliff Notes version of roots rock when there's so much of the real thing lying around? Beats me.

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eh... borde troligen lyssna igen men gillade inte särskilt mycket.

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Would have liked this when it was released but it feels like overrated noise. Occasionally there’s a good track but it feels disjointed.

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Best Song: Fell In Love With A Girl. This is how I wish all White Stripes songs sounded. Worst Song: This Protector. It just sounds amateurish? I understand their aesthetic is this kind of street performer vibe, but this really feels like a first or second rehearsal of a song, not a recorded track. Overall: Jack White's mewling cat vocals occasionally work here, but the general simplicity of all the songs makes it blend together very quickly. Each song feels like snippet of an idea that was considered for a moment before they cranked out the song and moved on to the next one. I do like the raw vibe though, and if they just played faster and with a little more life, I would actually like the album.

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This automatically loses points because there's no bass. It's fine. It sounds like a bar band. I don't really get the hype that surrounded them. Listened through without prejudice and Hotel Yorba is still very annoying.

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I'm going to be frank- I hate Jack White's nasally voice. I don't love his composition or guitar skills much more, either. I can't even be very objective about this, but practically everything he touches just irritates the hell out of me, and I had no fun here. At least it's brief- 40 minutes in the CD era is basically EP material. I'll try to meet half way for those who see the appeal and give this an extra star, but it's an F for me, dog.

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Sounds like it used to for me. I didn't dig it then and I don't now. This album is not for me. The musicianship is solid, I just don't like it. It all feels meh

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00’ee garage rock, rå elguitar, Distortion, iderigt

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damn

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02/21/2022 A couple good songs! Nothing close to an all-timer, though! Some of y'all are crazy with these 5-star ratings.

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Shrill and annoying. Got seven seven songs in and that was enough. Yargh. Didn't add.

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Well, now I know that The White Stripes really are mostly just Seven Nation Army after all. And if anyone were in doubt that rock albums benefit from a bass guitar, here's an album to show them. I did enjoy The Same Boy You've Always Known and We're Going To Be Friends. But those are not enough to raise the score to 3 stars.

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I liked a couple of songs but that was it.

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He just got married (third time's the charm!), so I'm excited to hear this. It's fine. I enjoy his take on this stuff. Nell and I talked (and then Caleb and I talked about it again) about how music is cyclical. So Jack White has "discovered" this stuff and brings it to the radio today, cool. But the original stuff *is* better. Not as slick, harder to hear sometimes, but closer to the source and better. Also, the whole list is flawed. But it's a project.

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Hate his voice lol, kind of fun though?

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By the end it was barely listenable. Hated it. I can hear the good intentions and enthusiasm, but they didn't make up for the bad songs, awful and intrusive drumming, grating vocals, overbearing harsh sounding guitar. I appreciate the idea of a 'back to basics' stripped down sound, but get a producer.

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By the end it was barely listenable. Hated it. I can hear the good intentions and enthusiasm, but they didn't make up for the bad songs, awful and intrusive drumming, grating vocals, overbearing harsh sounding guitar. I appreciate the idea of a 'back to basics' stripped down sound, but get a producer for God's sake.

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12/06/2021 Today's Album: "White Blood Cells" by The White Stripes - I don't like this album. Usually I can deal with post punk and older punk rock because of some sweet instrumentals or some redeeming quality from the whiny vocals, but with this album, it really is just blown out and shitty. The only song I liked was one I already knew prior to hearing this album and thats the only highlight on this album in my eyes. I think this band obviously has talent because they have a crazy good reputation, but either this album is some of thier worst material or their sound is just not for me Score: 2/10 Didn't like Highlights: We're Going to be Friends

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One of my favorites.

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