Under Blackpool Lights [DVD] review by The White Stripes

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  • Released: Dec 7, 2004
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 8
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (42 votes)
The White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights [DVD]

Sound — 10
Jack is not that impressive with his singing voice on Blackpool Lights. Actually, it's really very bad at some points. But that has always been the style of the White Stripes, so while this may annoy the casual fan, true fans may not be that bothered by it. Sadly, however, Jack's usuall onstage banter is not present during this show. The guitar is really the glowing point of this DVD. Jack extends his guitar solos and uses much improvisation on some songs (Death Letter, Ball and Biscuit), rarely disappointing. Jack's use of distortion, fingerpicking, and a slide add flavor to the show as well. Not much to say about the drumming, Meg's typical tom-tom, snare, ride, and crash stlye. Overall the sound was captured very well for the movie.

Content — 8
There are absolutely no special features for this DVD. No interviews, no behind the scenes, no easter eggs, at most a chapter selection. Minimalistic, the way the Stripes always have done it. The setlist is pretty good. It seems like they favored their first two records, and some fan favorites were not included (glaring omissions; Fell In Love With A Girl, We Are Going To Be Friends, Screwdriver). Excellent transition from song to song, as with merely a glance at each other, Jack and Meg move from one planned song into an off-the-cuff cover (i.e. Outlaw Blues). Set included the usual covers (Jolene, Boll Weevil) and one completely random cover as well (Take A Whiff On Me).

Production Quality — 10
Very unique filming style, and as usual with the White Stripes, it is old school. The entire movie was filmed with Super 8 cameras, which give the picture a real grainy look. Again, true fans will love it, casual fans would hate it.

Overall Impression — 10
If you're a fan and haven't seen or heard them live yet, buy this movie. If you're a fan and have seen or heard them live, still but this movie. A great add to any White Stripes collection.

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