Sound — 10
"Icky Thump" is a return to the fuzz-laden blues/rock that catapulted the White Stripes into stardom. The quirky duo rocks out with the title track, also called "Icky Thump". While Jack cuts loose with wild vocals, fuzz, and squeals, Meg anchors the rhythm with a kick drum beat you can almost march with. Rag & Bone employs an infectious guitar riff while Jack and Meg play the part of poor junk collectors. Throughout the verses, Jack and Meg abandon traditional singing roles for conversation. St. Andrew (This Battle is in The Air) is delightfully experimental. Meg's synthetic-sounding vocals, the bagpipes, and the electric guitar that refuses to stay on key all combine to open your ears to a unique experience. From the fuzzy in your face rock of Little Cream Soda to the bi-polar blues of 300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues, this is and album that is able to remain simple and powerful while retaining the signature zaniness and wild experimentation of the White Stripes.
Lyrics — 9
Jack sings with the emotion of a seasoned bluesman and infuses his songs with lyrics are equal parts storytelling and emotional release. Jack even addresses the current immigration issue in the US with "Icky Thump". Meg has progressed as well. Her vocals on St. Andrew are a perfect fit, and I'm not just saying that because she's as cute as a kitten.
Overall Impression — 9
This is the best White Stripes release yet. I instantly had to learn "Icky Thump" and "Rag & Bone" after buying the CD. I highly recommend this album to anyone with open ears. This is easily one of the best albums of 2007 and I would be shocked if the Stripes didn't take home at least one or two Grammies with this thing.