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From the opening guitar squeal of "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," it's obvious that the cutesy, let's-play-house vibe of the White Stripes' earlier De Stijl is long gone. (When my seven-year-old kid brother first heard De Stijl, he loved it mainly because he assumed that Jack White was his age.) White Blood Cells was also the White Stripes' first tentative step into the mainstream: "Hotel Yorba," "Dead Leaves" and especially "Fell in Love With a Girl" relatively big singles for such a small band, just a Detroit boy and a Detroit girl making the garage rock they had heard their whole lives.
To the rest of the world, though, this was new. The primal energy, the seeming lack of self-awareness, the illusion of being carefree and having a sense of humor about life (Jack White is, if anything, incredibly self-aware and just as serious) felt genuine in a way that simplicity always does. Sure, dudes who read drummer magazines ragged on Meg — who is certainly not a great drummer, but all the more susceptible to criticism for being a woman playing a man's instrument — and Jack's guitar virtuosity was debated by the kind of people who feel the… read more »