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100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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The White Stripes, 'White Blood Cells'


The White Stripes, 'White Blood Cells'
19/100

The third album by Jack and Meg White was the right dynamite for a mainstream breakthrough. Jack's Delta-roadhouse fantasies, Detroit-garage-rock razzle and busted-love lyricism all peaked at once in tracks like the low-budget-Zeppelin opener, "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," and the rattling-pop delirium of "Hotel Yorba." White Blood Cells was also the first time, on record, that the Stripes' strict power of three — Jack's serrated guitar and brittle yelp with Meg's maternal-John Bonham boom — actually felt like an integrated band, bonded by roots and subversive delight.

 

Related:
Rolling Stone's Original 2001 Review

Photos: The White Stripes, From the Book 'Under Great White Northern Lights'

Photos: The White Stripes on Tour in 2001

 
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