The White Stripes “Get Behind Me Satan” (2005)

October 31, 2011

There is a reason why in 2005 The White Stripes received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group instead of Best Rock Vocal Performance or Best Rock Song. The opening Blue Orchid may not suggest it but Get Behind Me Satan is the band’s “poppiest” album. The marimba-driven The Nurse has some typical (and awesome) Meg’s drums rampage but My Doorbell (for which Jack and Meg got the mentioned Grammy nod) is pure pop. Some people didn’t buy the change but they weren’t the majority. Get Behind Me Satan is as dexterous and joyous as The White Stripes’ previous records and has plenty to celebrate. Like Passive Manipulation which lasts less than a minute but it does not stop Meg (who sings here) to steal the show. Or catchy The Denial Twist. But the most gratifying tracks are Take, Take, Take and The Nurse. They have cool lyrics, great vocal and instrumental performances and that oddity by piano and marimba respectively.

hydrameter: 3/5

Key Tracks: Blue Orchid, My Doorbell, Passive Manipulation, Take, Take, Take, The Denial Twist, The Nurse

Watch The Denial Twist:


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