100 Best Albums of the 2000s

100 Best Albums of the 2000s

The White Stripes, 'White Blood Cells'

19. The White Stripes, 'White Blood Cells'

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.


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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