New Stripes CD: Weirder Than Last Time



This June the candy-colored Detroit duo returns with Icky Thump, their sixth full-length. was privileged enough to preview the album. It’s Jack and Meg White’s oddest yet, filled with hard-rocking songs accentuated by synthesizer rills (“Icky Thump”), spoken word numbers (“Rag and Bone”), and even one with a mariachi feel (“Conquest”), probably written to match Jack’s old facial scrub. The much anticipated follow-up to the band’s Get Behind Me Satan and last year’s Jack White side-project, The Raconteurs, also features bag pipes, horns and, at times, a lazy blues vibe that recalls the Grateful Dead and would make the perfect soundtrack for driving down the Pacific Coast Highway. And between songs like “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You’re Told)” and “Effect and Cause,” it’s some of their strongest material to date — despite the weirdness. The record’s title refers to the phrase “ecky thump,” which, according to the press material, “is an exclamation of surprise or wonderment in northern England.” Full track listing after the jump:

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"Icky Thump"
"You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)"
"300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues"
"Bone Broke"
"Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn"
"St. Andrew (This Battle Is in the Air)"
"Little Cream Soda"
"Rag and Bone"
"I’m Slowly Turning Into You"
"A Martyr For My Love For You"
"Catch Hell Blues"
"Effect and Cause"

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