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Old 07-07-2007, 08:45 PM   #466
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I'm not sure what was confrontational there. I'm confrontational, and that wasn't.
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:03 PM   #467
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Listening to it right now...don't even know why I bothered (never liked any of their other albums), but I like to hear everything I can from Pitchfork's Best New Music/Recommendations.

Just don't get Jack White at all. There's about a half dozen killer tunes from him, but the rest is really boring with his sparse arrangements and insipid/soulless lyrics. It seems like he could write a lot of these numbers (particularly those on the earlier albums) in about five minutes.
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:03 PM   #468
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It wasn't confrontational. It is just the fact that he responds negatively in just about all of the music threads and makes a point to do so. Very pretentious.
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:17 PM   #469
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Let's quit fighting and get back to the goodness that is the White Stripes.
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:52 PM   #470
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It seems like he could write a lot of these numbers (particularly those on the earlier albums) in about five minutes.
Personally, I think a lot of the greatness of the Stripes lies in the fact that their sparse, simple arrangements can make a song seem to be thrown together and off the cuff. I think that's the ultimate reason I've never chalked up a shitty Stripes song to being overcalculated, which is one of the worst things an artist can do with a song. I really like the fact that even the music sometimes has a stream of consciousness feel.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:00 PM   #471
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Listening to it right now...don't even know why I bothered (never liked any of their other albums), but I like to hear everything I can from Pitchfork's Best New Music/Recommendations.
You might be the only person I've seen who listens to Pitchfork.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:18 PM   #472
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Pitchfork's got tastes that are very similar to mine. I'm not too big into their reviews though...I don't even bother, really. Just check out the Best New Music which is on target 95% of the time, and Recommended which is worth a look if you have a lot of free time on occasion.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:36 PM   #473
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I'm totally addicted to the new album right now, It's dangerously close to overtaking De Stijl as my second-favourite White Stripes album (White Blood Cells still being my top pick). Hopefully they'll make their way to Melbourne... maybe for another Big Day Out?
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:58 PM   #474
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Pitchfork's got tastes that are very similar to mine. I'm not too big into their reviews though...I don't even bother, really. Just check out the Best New Music which is on target 95% of the time, and Recommended which is worth a look if you have a lot of free time on occasion.
I go there sometimes, mainly for a laugh.

It's great to see them foaming at the mouth for every Radiohead album ever released. Granted, I love Radiohead, but that online mag's indie-snobbery is beyond me most of the time.
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I hate Pitchfork. The worst is when people model their taste in music based on Pitchfork. Oh, Pitchfork says it's good, so I'm going to automatically like it!

That said, their assessment of Icky Thump is pretty damn good. Not to mention their assessment of some other albums, like The Final Cut.
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I prefer checking out PopMatters and Metacritic rather than Pitchfork, although I very rarely read the reviews in full. One, even the most detailed review won't really give me an idea of what the music actually sounds like, and two, I get quickly fed up with the kind of overblown, clever-clever, thesaurus-bothering reviews written by people who seem way too much in love with the sound of their own voice. Which I meet frequently in a whole lot of publications.
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I hate Pitchfork. The worst is when people model their taste in music based on Pitchfork. Oh, Pitchfork says it's good, so I'm going to automatically like it!
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I prefer checking out PopMatters and Metacritic rather than Pitchfork, although I very rarely read the reviews in full. One, even the most detailed review won't really give me an idea of what the music actually sounds like, and two, I get quickly fed up with the kind of overblown, clever-clever, thesaurus-bothering reviews written by people who seem way too much in love with the sound of their own voice. Which I meet frequently in a whole lot of publications.


Metacritic and PopMatters are at least collections of reviews, so you can weed out the really shitty ones.
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"A Martyr For My Love For You" is so beautiful... I've been listening to it over and over again...
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I saw the White Stripes last night in Ottawa as they headlined Sunday's lineup at Bluesfest. Great show and their secret show in Ottawa was at a children's hospital for sick kids and their families.

The stage was bright red with their onstage speakers painted white with red maple leafs in the centre. They played mostly new songs during their 1:30 set with the exception of Seven Nation Army. Meg sang a song for us and Jack showed why he is considered such an amazing guitarist.

The crowd was not to engaging as they are probably used to with a mix of fans and Bluesfest ticket holders who were just there to see another concert. It seemed to me that Jack was used to seeing a lot of fan participation but it was poor at times. Probably somewhere between 30000 and 35000 fans in attendance. And at the end, they waved the provincial flag of Ontario keeping their tradition they have started during this cross-Canada tour.

Enjoy the show in St. John's, GG and AOD!! I won't be back in time. Still have some more touring of the country before I get there.
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