The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan

Black, white and red. Jack and Meg. Guess what? They’re back in all their motifed glory! The White Stripes release their latest album, Get Behind Me Satan, after a series of spectacular garage rock albums past (a great lot of which was covered by orchestras and a certain soul singer, Joss Stone). This time around, they’ve stuck with their melodic garage rock charm that’s gotten them as far as they are with mostly just a principle guitar and drum set. They add in a bit of old school art deco, and huzzah—it’s a fancy version of what’s old is new again.

Here’s some album trivia—the whole thing was recorded in Jack White’s Detroit Third Man Studios in only two weeks. Now that’s taking care of business. They must work well under pressure because the result is 13 well-finished tracks of their classic material. The great lot of it is melodic garage rock infused with blues and a little country. They return with their simplistic and straightforward lyrics that keep with the style of old school rock. They use pianos to flourish their tales, electric guitar to rip up the choruses, drums to rumble a sassy beat, and a new introduction of triangle, bells, marimba, and tambourine to spice things up (and represent the new Spanish, mariachi-inspired image of their album art).

Get Behind Me Satan delivers the same stuff that got you addicted to The White Stripes from their beginnings. In the same way, it also broadens their already extensive play list with a flair for the foreign. Their melodies remain as strong as ever, as does the energy that only The White Stripes can deliver. Whatever it may be, it’s got everyone doing their best air-guitar (privately of course).

(V2 Records)

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