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The White Stripes - De Stijl

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2004-01-05

Don't be mistaken by the modernist cover and obscure title, The White Stripes' De Stijl certainly doesn't deal in the abstract. Primarily interested in the raw, passionate sounds of the blues (cited influences include legendary guitarists Robert Johnson and Charley Patton) as well as blues influenced 70s rock, Meg and Jack White create their own punked-up rhythm and blues that is direct and incredibly soulful. Singing of childhood memories, injustices and lost loves with tracks such as "Sister, Do You Know My Name?" and "Jumble, Jumble", they seem to inhabit an innocent world which fits oddly well with the type of fervent, shambolic music they make and, you suspect, could sound positively "twee" without it. From the disjointed thrashy, stop-start rant of "Hello Operator", the 60s beat pop of "Pretty Good Looking" and the Blind Willie McTell cover "Your Southern Can is Mine" De Stijl shows a band beginning to carve out a sound for themselves. Less heavy than the guitar crunching follow-up--White Blood Cells, De Stijl is a more diverse collection of songs, hinting that there is much more to the Detroit duo than first meets the eye. -Caroline Butler

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