Throwback Thursday ‘The White Stripes’

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The most powerful duo in the world

This week, it’s the turn of The White Stripes debut album

The White Stripes formed in Detroit in the late 1990’s, and although relatively unknown by name, they have some of the most famous songs in the world. Especially with ‘Seven Nation Army’, and ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’. They combined Grunge Rock with Blues, and made something truly spectacular. This album shows how spectacular this sound was, and despite not being very successful when it was released, this album was the starting point for something truly special.

The self titled debut album was something that hadn’t really been heard before. It was that combination of busy, complicated, highly distorted guitar, paired with the simple, crisp drumming that made this band so special. Along with the songwriting skill, and the clever inclusion of traditional blues songs, there was little this band were missing. Especially considering they were a two piece.

All of the songs on this album are driven by Jack’s busy guitar, and then supported by Meg’s back-to-basics drums, and then Jack’s voice is the final ingredient, and really finishes each song off. Although his voice may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s the perfect match for the dirty sound the band creates. The perfect broth of instruments and vocals is displayed best in ‘Wasting My Time’ and ‘Suzy Lee’ particularly. Although all the songs show it, these two are the two it stands out in most.

The album didn’t really get noticed straight away, and most of the critics didn’t pick up on the album till a few years after it’s release. The best endorsement the band got came from John Peel, who found the album in a record store, and played it on the BBC. Showing the masses how skilled Jack and Meg really were. The album performed poorly in the charts, only charting in the UK and France, reaching 142nd and 159th respectively. Although, this album was released when only those in Detroit really knew who the White Stripes were, and as I have previously stated, the album was only noticed after the band had began to make it in the UK and US (outside of Detroit).

 

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