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The White Stripes

Get Behind Me Satan

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The White StripesGet Behind Me Satan(V2)After five kick-ass albums, The White Stripes have finally released something less than compelling. It may forever be known as Jack White’s piano and marimba experiment. There are some worthy tunes here (especially the lingering “White Moon” and the minimalist guitar hiccups of “Instinct Blues”) but too often it feels like the band is rehashing old melodic ideas, relying on new arrangements to make them fresh and exciting. Which, sadly, they are not. Previously, Jack’s magic came from desperation and vulnerability, but on Satan he sounds staid. Meg’s drumming, which usually provides a solid (if unimaginative) backdrop, is banal and almost a non-entity. Satan, though different, lacks the intensity that usually makes this music truly convincing.—Dave Hayden

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