Jack and Meg have called it quits, but there's good news: Third Man Records plans to gradually roll out a load of unreleased White Stripes songs. The newest offerings — covers cut in 1997 — prove the Stripes sounded like themselves from the get-go: On Love's druggy ballad "Signed D.C.," Jack moans about addiction over a beat that's minimalist even for Meg. Their take on Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long" is livelier: Jack's vocals are sweet, but his fuzzed-out guitar suggests deeper torment. More, please.
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