Trying To Get To You

Monday, June 11, 2007

Regular Ol' Crackers

I can’t help but think of this clip when I listen to the new White Stripes album. (Actually, I can’t help but think of this clip when I listen to pretty much ANY White Stripes album.) In a climate starved for truly grand and great rock n’ roll, the White Stripes’ “regular ol’ crackers” have been somehow confused with greatness. I don’t think they come close. Icky Thump is another pretty good record chock full of somewhat forgettable songs, undistinguished riffs and monotonous drumming. Jack White may have a great rock n’ roll voice, but it’s one-dimensional; it conveys nothing but it’s own sound, and lacks the tenderness, depth and presence to be truly moving. It ain't got no soul. I’m sure the album will be hailed as a magnificent return to form - but to me, this is just another signifier that we’re starving for the real thing – and that we’ll take an imitation to ward off the starvation.

And that means more saltines, no Ritzs.


Go Nicole Yourself said...

another thing we have in common. me no likey the White Stripes. feh.

Anonymous said...

They're not bad - they're just not great.

The Eddie Murphy thing was funny...what happened to him?

Anonymous said...

Hey, love your blog! If you take requests, how about something from Willy DeVille - a cat overflowing with SOUL?