Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Rock Reviews: Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes

This is the first of a bunch of reviews of rock albums. Some will be brief while others will be more in-depth. The albums include X & Y by Coldplay, Guero by Beck, Now Here Is Nowhere by Secret Machines and, first, Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes.

The White Stripes' new release, Get Behind Me Satan, is immensely fun to listen to. Jack and Meg have crafted a wonderful album from start to finish.

"Blue Orchid" kicks off the album in rousing fashion. The song is fast, catchy, and just the right length. There are also a lot of other great songs to be found. "The Nurse" combines two disparate types of sounds, marimba and crashing guitar, and somehow makes them work. "My Doorbell" is a jam that features elements of old-school R&B and funk. "The Denial Twist" is another fun song, one that sounds good enough to come from another time period entirely.

Each White Stripes album I have listened to always amazed me because of how they are able to get so much great music out of so little elements. Get Behind Me Satan is no exception. It's the real rock album of the summer (sorry X & Y). It's creative and full of surprises. You will want to listen to it over and over again.

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