Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan

another quickie as I've still only heard it two and a half times....

The Stripes seem to have wandered away from the Mississippi Delta a little for their fifth album. there's much less of the old fuizz and heavy riffs of the last couple of albums, but it's no worse for that at all. Knocked out in two weeks as well, apparently, with none of the songs actually fully written when they went into the studio.

There are still plenty of mid-south feeling to this album, and the, now semi-classic, silly and seemingly meaningless lyrics. My Doorbell is positively daft, but so goddamned funky, that anyone who cares is a soulless philistine. It's accompanied mainly by piano, and this album is noticeable for the far larger array of instruments the Stripes have used - there's piano all over it, bass, marimba, and a whole bunch of other things that you hit (percussion, right?) that i couldn't begin tob tell you the name of. Jack's dalliance with Loretta Lynn shows thru as well, especialy on the last track, which could be an out-take of her last album. Not that anyone should think there trademark heavy blues isn't represented at all, The Denial Twist, Red Rain and Instinct Blues will get those Glastonbury crowds jumping all over each other, and so they they bloody well should.

All in all, a bit of a change in direction, but nothing really drastic, and it's bound to please the fans, tho not likely to pick up (m)any new converts.