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The devilsí work.The White Stripesí fifth album is neither as muscular nor as instant as Elephant, but it does pack a subtler punch. There's the falsetto fury of single Blue Orchid, but better still is the marimba sway of The Nurse, whose sweetness is fractured by Jack's jarring, distorted guitar. Little Ghost is both a jaunty jig and a dreamy love paean to a phantom, and though Jack strides off in new directions, Meg's drums still sound like the thump and thud of a petulant five-year-old. It's often hard to discern what's more intriguing when it comes to TWS: the myth or the music. Whatever the case, Get Behind Me Satan is a peculiarly potent collection.
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan, released 06 June 05 on XL Recordings.
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