White Blood Cells was the third album by brother/sister duo (whaaaat? hang on...no) ok from ex couple duo Jack and Meg White as the White Stripes. After their two previous albums started making waves across the sweaty clubs of the UK this was the first one to really break through and features such future classics as Hotel Yorba and Fell In Love With A Girl. Still sounding as fresh as a daisy, it's a further reminder that Jack White's music was so much better when constricted by Meg's rudimentary but intuitive drumming.
Vinyl LP £19.69 TMR033
Reissue LP on Third Man.
CD £7.99 XLCD151
CD on XL Recordings.
Vinyl LP £10.49 XLLP151
LP on XL, RED VINYL.
8/10 Tom 31st May 2018
White Blood Cells was one of the albums that heralded the return of 'retro rock' in the late 1990's and early 2000's along with the Strokes' Is This It. It was also the album that propelled the Detroit natives to worldwide popularity thanks to the infectious charm of lead singles 'Hotel Yorba' and 'Fell In Love With a Girl.' That and the whole "are they husband and wife or brother and sister" debate.
I'd be tempted to say that this is their best album thanks for the aforementioned singles, blazing opener 'Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground' and pretty much the first three-quarters of the album in general, but the album kind of trails off towards the end into slightly inane or forgettable territory. Still, a very good album and definitely worth adding to the collection.
8/10 Penrith Steve 7th November 2014
Over-rated? Probably, but there are some bloody great songs on here. “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” is a stirring opener, “Hotel Yorba” is incredibly simple but extremely catchy and that is harder thing to achieve than it seems. “Fell in Love with a Girl” is brilliant, clattering, noisy pop song. “We’re Going to Be Friends” is a pleasant, innocent acoustic tune. “I think I Smell a Rat” is more vicious blues rock. It’s difficult to give a balanced review something that has been so over-hyped in the past but this is still a good album. One of their best two, the other being “Elephant”.
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