Tonight, The White Stripes played a secret, tiny show here in L.A. to a group of super-fans who, apparently, camped out in Hollywood in front of the old Tower Records on Sunset Blvd. — in the baking heat — for four days. While I would personally never pull such a move, I must say that after digging on Icky Thump over the past week, it’s a safe bet they were treated to a full on rock show.
Icky Thump: The new album excels in bringing things back to – more or less – the basics. While I loved last summers Raconteurs album, White’s collaboration with Brendan Benson, I wasn’t near as hot on the last Stripes LP, Get Behind Me Satan, as it didn’t seem to measure up to the prior Stripes albums in either direction or continuity. Not the case here — Press play on this one and the title track smacks the taste right out of your mouth…and then some.
Check out the guitar effects on “Icky Thump” below, and then reminisces with “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known” off their 2001 breakout album White Blood Cells.
Elsewhere: Live: The White Stripes at Irving Plaza, 06.20.07 (Village Voice Review)
MP3: The White Stripes :: Icky Thump
MP3: The White Stripes :: The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
Amazon: White Stripes – Icky Thump