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The White Stripes - De Stijl LP (180g)

Third Man

Originally released in 2000, The White Stripes second album De Stijl was recorded on 8-track analog tape in vocalist/guitarist Jack White's living room and is now a cult classic. Named after an early 20th century minimalist art movement (no doubt a tip of the cap to the group's own sound), the record finds the band expanding on its 1999 self-titled debut, bettering the songwriting, weaving in additional melodies, and increasing the variety.

In addition to the pair's trademark garage-blues punch, country flavors, vaudeville pop accents, and acoustic currents run wild, the invigorating effort ricocheting with equal parts raw noise and sing-a-long tunefulness. Jack White continues to sharpen his impressive guitar skills with myriad riffs, and Meg White's fill-free drumming provides the perfect subtle support. DeStijl is simultaneously brooding and ebullient, primal and sort-of-produced. A key cog in the band's discography.

As for the sonics, now better than ever, remastered from the original analog source? The White Stripes' use of analog and low-fidelity equipment in the recording process partnered with a DIY approach created a simplicity of composition, arrangement, and performance that sets them apart from their contemporaries.

  Track Listing:

1.  You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
2.  Hello Operator
3.  Little Bird
4.  Apple Blossom
5.  I'm Bound To Pack It Up
6.  Death Letter
7.  Sister, Do You Know My Name?
8.  Truth Doesn't Make A Noise (Album Version)
9.  A Boy's Best Friend (Album Version)
10. Let's Build A Home (Album Version)
11. Jumble, Jumble (Album Version)
12. Why Can't You Be Nicer To Me? (Album Version)
13. Your Southern Can Is Mine


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