The White Stripes released their last studio album seven years ago and officially broke up three years ago.
I don’t consider myself a major fan but every time I listen to one of the three albums of theirs I own, I regret that we won’t get any new music from them.
I could certainly get a Jack White fix from any of the dozen bands he’s started since leaving the Stripes, but it’s not the same. There’s a chemistry between him and Meg that makes these songs special.
I don’t love everything Jack White does — he sometimes gets a bit too loud for my taste — but I nevertheless consider myself a fan.
He so clearly loves and respects musical tradition, from the blues rock that is his greatest influence to country, bluegrass and folk. He reminds me of Elvis Costello in that way. You have to dig a guy who names both Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan as inspirations and covers Burt Bacharach.
The White Stripes’ most recent album, Icky Thump, came out a little over two years ago. After that release, Jack White went off and started about two dozen bands, none of which have excited me very much (at least not the bits and pieces I’ve heard). I wish he’d get back with Meg and release another White Stripes record because the last few have been excellent.
Today’s song is one of my favorites from Icky Thump. It’s about being so insecure about a new romance that you call it quits before things even get started… or at least that’s what it’s mostly about.