Sound — 10
On The Stripes' comeback single they return possibly heavier then they ever have been before. Unlike most of the tracks on the previous release, Get Behind Me Satan, Jack and Meg, go back to what they do best, heavy, blues guitar based rocking. the song features only three actual riffs, and numerous solos where Jack stomps on the wah pedal like it's a ferocious beast and he's trying to vanquish it. Meg's drumming is the usual simple beats, what has become a signature part of their sound. By far, this is the best stripe song to date.
Lyrics — 10
Icky Thump appears to be about immigration policies, with an over all good message with out completely thrashing our society and everyone in it. Jack sings of treating immigrants, escpescially those from Mexico, equally and showing them respect. A good message, indeed.
Overall Impression — 10
I don't mean to glorify the crap out of this song, but it's definetly my favorite White Stripes song, except maybe Ball and Bisquit. The guitars on here are real cool and are a good departure from the common power chord strumming that so many bands today have. The White Stripes prove you don't have to fit in a mold to be popular. Buy this, right now.