De Stijl

De Stijl

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by The White Stripes
     
 

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Despite their reputation as garage rock revivalists, the White Stripes display an impressive range of styles on their second album, De Stijl, which is Dutch for "the style." Perhaps the album's diversity -- which incorporates elements of bubblegum, cabaret, blues, and classic rock -- shouldn't come as a surprise from a band that dedicates its album to bluesman

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Despite their reputation as garage rock revivalists, the White Stripes display an impressive range of styles on their second album, De Stijl, which is Dutch for "the style." Perhaps the album's diversity -- which incorporates elements of bubblegum, cabaret, blues, and classic rock -- shouldn't come as a surprise from a band that dedicates its album to bluesman Blind Willie McTell and Dutch artist Gerrit Rietveld. Nevertheless, it's refreshing to hear the band go from the Tommy James-style pop of "You're Pretty Good Looking" to the garagey stomp of "Hello Operator" in a one-two punch. It's even more impressive that the theatrical, piano-driven ballad "Apple Blossom" and a cover of Son House's "Death Letter" go so well together on the same album. Jack White's understated production work and versatile guitar playing and vocals also stand out on the languid, fuzzy "Sister, Do You Know My Name?" as well as insistent rockers like "Little Bird" and "Why Can't You Be Nicer to Me?" As distinctive as it is diverse, De Stijl blends the Stripes' arty leanings with enough rock muscle to back up the band's ambitions.

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Release Date:
07/01/2008
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624984313
catalogNumber:
512135
Rank:
2724

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De Stijl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great CD, I must say! I've never heard music like that. Dude, this means I'm really a rock and roll fan... anyhoo, I really like the sound. Even though they don't have a bass player, it sounds really cool with 1 guitar, a set of drums, and 1 vocalist. It reminds me of the 70's. lol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aesthetically speaking, the White Stripes are the hipest band around. They have the grooviest fashion sense since the Jam broke up, a timeless, post-modern sound that's in touch with its roots, and a quirky, sensitive songwriter in Jack White. This album can be a little uneven and doesn't quite flow together; it's wild and sprawling, and injected with an energetic immediacy that we haven't seen since Nirvana. Like Nirvana, they have one foot in the past and one in the future, but are overhyped and not quite the Clash; not yet, at least. Keep an eye on them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What the white stripes lack in instruments and studio magic they make up for in raw creativity and energy. De Stijl brings out their influences in punk, blues, and garage very strongly and Jack White's Guitar playing brings back a revival of rock long overdue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's refreshing to hear someone just play what they like to play. They aren't retro wannabes, they simply are good at what they do. Up side: perhaps now we will get to hear an alternative to the same old "alternative" thing once in awhile. The disheveled looking pseudo geek/gangsta "my father was worse than your father" drivel of the early '00s may have now met their match, (in example anyway). Down side: Next year there will probably be an annoyingly large amount of people trading in their fake worn out 70's denim for red and white apparrel and band names like The Blue Strikes, Black Strides, Brown Straps, and the very-daring teen lyp sync boy band The Orange Struddles. For now, I just like this band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Their best LP released, De Stijl seems somewhat of a visual and audio biography of the group's primal "back to basics" mentality. From the title (recalling the early 20th century Dutch minimalist art movement) to the album's naive yet powerful content and to the red and white color schemes, The White Stripes are dead set on avoiding complicated matters. Instead, The White Stripes wield the duality of innocence and anger with astonishing precision. Tracks like "Apple Blossom" and "Truth Doesn't Make a Noise" recall saloon ballads (rife with wailing piano, merciless hi hat strum and bitter-tongued guitar) from long forgotten westerns. Jack White (vocalist/guitarist) yearns with the utmost controlled temper, his voice gently wavering with child-like yearning. The song-writing is at its best on “De Stijl”: the words that emerge on paper or from White’s lips are basic truths and desires, almost homages to antiquated childhood behavior of the past. Not without mention, The White Stripes turn “Death Letter” (originally by Son House) into a tormented anguish of post-mortem blues. “Your Southern Can is Mine” (the album closer) recalls a pre-feminist, pro wife-beating Southern kind of innoncence. “De Stijl” evokes just that: a timeless album that brings to mind pleasurably naive pre 20th century mentality channeled through electric guitar strings and furious drum splash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They're very good but late. For over a decade, CATHEDRAL has outdone them in the retro-hip, riff-groove, wailing guitar and power theatrics arenas without notice one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alot of what makes The White Stripes great is absent here. De Stijl sounds alot like what the group recorded the morning after their debut CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the white stripes are great. Every album they have released have been a blend of music that is diverse and unlike each release. They surprise us after their garage-rock-revival self-titled album, and than release a bluegrass,rock album that has an endless ammount of beauty. De Stijl is my personal favorite White Stripes album
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I listened to this album I was extremly immpressed with the depth of the white stripes. Elephant was the first White Stripes album I bought which I enjoyed quite alot. Then I bought this album expecting to hear the sort of sound that I heard with elephant but I was suprised to hear the different sound on this album. From the covers of Son House and Blind Willie Mctell to the garage stomp of Hello Operator this album holds its own character. I also discovered the greatness of Jack White's guitar playing. What I find even more amazing is that he doesn't need to include a long solo every song to remind us of his talent. Highlights~ Hello Operator~ Death Letter~ A boy's best friend~ Your Southern Can is Mine and Apple Blossom. Buy this album!!!
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