Icky Thump (CD)
The White Stripes

by Carl Macki

Icky Thump (CD)
Warner Bros./WEA

by The White Stripes

Meg White -- Drums, Vocals
Jack White -- Vocals, Guitar

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Target had it for $9.99
It's $15 at their website -- worth a visit anyway--


Track Listings

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


The White Stripes come through again.

"Icky Thump"  is, well, thumpin' and hilarious, as it takes on the immigration issue!

Well, [or white] Americans:
What, nothin' better to do?
Why don't you kick yourself out?
You're an immigrant too.

Who's usin' who?
What should we do?
Well you can't be a pimp
And a prostitute too!


Here's a link to YouTube for the video. It is contrived and bombastic, like the CD, the Stripes' sixth studio album. Unlike their previous effort, "Get Behind Me Satan, I did plunge right into this opportunity, even though I was wary at first.

The name supposedly comes from Jack's new wife who is from Lancashire, England, and ecky thump is kinda like saying, what the heck!

Rollling Stone critic Robert Christgau said Jack White is less a songwriter than a sonic architect. The latter is certainly true: that is, the sonic architect part The songs and arrangements herein are quite a piece of sculpture. And what he does with bagpipes alone would suffice for most alternative art rockers. But Jack is also tackling mountain music and has a new take on the blues  So listen to the ecky thing..

 I didn't like "Conquest," a little too histrionic though well done with the mariachi and flamenco  flourishes. “Conquest” is the only song covered in the album—the rest are all written by Jack White.”  It was a little strange what with rest of the album sounding like the wild man on the highland 61 revisiting the Medway -Detroit Delta kind of thing.

"Beside the title track my favorites were "300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues ," "Catch Hell Blues," Prickly Thorn, but Sweetly Worn," and "St. Andrew (This Battle Is in the Air)." The more I listen the more like the other ones, though like, "Little Cream Soda," "Bone Broke," "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)." "Effect and Cause, "Rag and Bone"

What I mean is:
the massive creations on this album will delight, and, indeed,  make you think. This album rocks loud and hard, intricately


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