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The White Stripes: De Stijl (Sympathy for the Record Industry)

The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, June 2001

JACK AND MEG White are the future of the very industry for which their label espouses such compassion. These Detroit-based guitar/drum siblings strip Jon Spencer-style blues-rock down to minimal component parts that’ll rock your socks off. Bassless, they’re the Archies crossed with Panther Burns, and they’re so-fisticated enough to equate the aesthetic ideals of this De Stijl dude with the raw grit of Son House and Blind Willie McTell. Très cool.

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