'De Stijl' was the second album from Detroit area garage rock and blues revivalists the White Stripes. It showcases perfectly their early raw power as they rattle through a host of Jack White originals and the odd blues cover (one by Son House naturally). It was the album that came just as they were reaching the first flushes of success and led to Jack White closing his upholstery shop for good. Next stop was 'White Blood Cells' and international fame.
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9/10 Tom 31st May 2018
This is almost certainly the best White Stripes album. Released in 2000 hot on the hype of their 1999 self-titled debut, De Stijl is the album that best balances the White Stripes' penchant for raw blues, garage rock, 1960's pop nostalgia, and child-like outlook on the world. Sure, it doesn't contain any of the songs that would be considered their biggest 'hits', but it has a raw power and a humble ambition that permeates throughout every song. From the campy opener 'You're Pretty Good Looking' to the bluesy duo 'Hello Operator' and 'Little Bird', the Kinks-inspired 'Apple Blossom' to the ferocious Son House cover 'Death Letter' and the raucous 'Jumble, Jumble', De Stijl is almost flawless and definitely one of the defining records of the early 2000's garage rock explosion.
7/10 Penrith Steve 7th November 2014
This was the first White Stripes album that I heard, before any hype. It was on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label. My first impressions upon hearing “You’re Pretty Good Looking for a Girl” were that they sounded like Guided by Voices. By the time “Hello Operator” and “Little Bird” had rolled around however, it was clear Guided by Voices they were not. “Apple Blossom” has a bouncy McCartney-ish quality to it and
“You’re Southern Can Is Mine” is a round-the-campfire acoustic blues that ends the album nicely. This is the nascent bluesy White Stripes, and they did better stuff than this but it still sounds very much like The White Stripes.
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