Peppermint Stripe Music Still Sweet
The White Stripes duo continues their forward momentum from White Blood Cells in their most recent release Elephant and they show no signs of slowing down. Through four albums in as many years, The Stripes have enthralled music connoisseurs everywhere with a revival of classic rock that is true to the past; yet doesn’t feel out of time or place by combining the chords of the masters (Hendrix, Zepplin) with a touch of young blood. A cleanly distorted, “rusty” guitar, piano, and slide chords are common with a good amount of soul and the blues making a refreshing and vitalizing experience.
The Stripes stand out strongly with their crispness and lead of the vocals; but that’s not to say there isn’t a powerful guitar scene. As with their previous albums, Meg and Jack White play us a diverse ensemble that takes off from the start and propels us through songs that in themselves spike from cool to hot and then mellow back out again. Though this album lacks a bit of spunk from its predecessors in the sharp and shouted lyrics, Jack’s vocals are still compelling, and you’ll want to jam the chords.