Sound — 9
This CD is put together beutifully. The sound ranges from spoken word songs, like "Rag & Bone", to Scottish like song, "Prickly Thorn But Sweetly Worn". The sound on Jack White's guitar solos are amzing. I may be a guitarist but I still can't figure out how he does that. I also love the simple drum beats of Meg White. She does her job well. It's amazing how good they are considering that they have no bass player. I've always loved the sound of the White Stripes and that doesn't stop here. A 9 for the White Stripes sound.
Lyrics — 9
Jack White is one of the best singers I've ever heard. He reaches notes that I could never reach (I'm a singer in my own band). Meg White also contributes to the CD on "Rag & Bone". I do prefer her vocals on " In The Cold, Cold Night", but she still makes me laugh on "Rag & Bone". But Jack White is an amazing vocalist and reaches great points on this cd. Another 9 for Jack, Meg and the White Stripes.
Overall Impression — 9
This is my second favorite White Stripes cd, next to "Elephant". But this is certainly a CD to buy for Stripes fans. My favorites are "Icky Thump", "300 m.p.h Torrential Outpour Blues", "Rag & Bone", and "Little Cream Soda". But I don't like "Prickly Thorn But Sweetly Worn" and "St. Andrew (The Battle Is In The Air". But still, a great album out of the White Stripes. A 9 for "Icky Thump".