By now, you should know the basic info about the White Stripes. They’re a rock duo consisting of the Jack White on guitars and keyboard and his ex-wife, Meg, on drums. In 2001, they exploded suddenly onto the music scene with White Blood Cells. At the time, it may have seemed like nothing more than the latest “The” band topping the charts due to the garage rock fever gripping the nation at the time. However, over time, this album has shown itself to be one of the best releases of the 2000’s and continues to be an exemplary example of what rock and roll music is supposed to be. It’s not about being cool, looking cool, or sounding cool. It’s about nothing more than an electric guitar, a drum kit, and a song.

Armed with nothing but his ex-wife and some analog tape, Jack White had a masterpiece on his hands with White Blood Cells. From the opening buzz riff of “Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground” to the piano laden closer, “This Protector”, White Blood Cells is on a mission to kill false rock It’s an album without the indulgences that most major label records have these days. Even the love songs on this disc are bad ass (“Fell in Love with a Girl”). Of course, that being said, Jack White doesn’t spend too much time talking about love in a light manner and approaches it in a cynical manner not even seen in most garage rock (“The Union Forever”). One of the great things about the album are the obvious blues influence in every aspect of the band. From Meg’s less-than-stellar drumming to several of Jack’s solo’s and vocals (“Offend In Every Way”, “Little Room”). Of course, there are songs on the album that aren’t really garage rock or blues rock but represent the kind of charm only found on Stripes albums (“I Think I Smell a Rat”, “Expecting”). After all is said and done, White Blood Cells will go down as being one of the defining albums of this decade.

Overall rating: 8.3/10

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