It is always so satisfying when an album lives up to lofty expectations. That is exactly the case with The White Stripes sixth and final record. Icky Thump was following a string of albums that changed the face of music and revived popular rock and roll when it seemed to be taking its lasts breathes.
The album shows Jack and Meg White rocking hard and having fun. Six albums in their sound never got stale thanks to Jack White’s great songwriting and guitar licks. Some of the loudest songs the Stripes ever recorded were on this record like “Icky Thump” and “Catch Hell Blues”
Songs like “Conquest” and “Rag and Bone” are possibly the most fun songs you’ll hear, both catchy and interesting it may be what The White Stripes did best. The dialog heavy “Rag and Bone” is one of the most interesting songs the band ever did. The two band members tell stories of trolling around town and picking up free stuff off the curb to use or at least resale. The mariachi inspired “Conquest” spawned an EP in its name immediately and should stand as one of the band’s signature songs.
The second single from the album “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As Your Told)” is one of the most overlooked songs in band’s catalog. “Little Cream Soda” and “Catch Hell Blues” see Jack White shredding on guitar and setting the bar for other musicians.
Key Tracks: “Conquest” “Rag and Bone” “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do What You’re Told)”