FIVE: lovely White Stripes songs

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With the recent disbandment of a band that was so loved, here’s a look back at some of the White Stripes’ lovelier tunes that deal with that four-letter word that we all think about around the middle of February. The one starting with “L”.

“Hotel Yorba”
Childish and juvenile thanks to Meg’s minimalistic drumming and Jack’s lone acoustic guitar, “Hotel Yorba” is reaffirmation that good music will still be good music when it’s stripped down from all of its fancy effects and post-production frills.

“300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues”

Washy cymbals and acoustic guitars give “300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues” a very laid-back vibe during the verses. Clocking in well past five minutes, it also proves that Jack White is more than capable of writing more than simple three-chord/two-minute songs.

“The Denial Twist”
One of their more groovy numbers, this piano jam from Get Behind Me Satan still knows how to rock out during a chorus.

“Fell in Love With a Girl”

This is the straight-ahead rock that was the meat and potatoes of the White Stripes’ material. Electric guitar, drums, and a handful of chords – it doesn’t get much more bare-bones rock’n’roll than that.

“You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You’re Told)”
This is probably my favourite White Stripes song. It seems to be a lot more thought-out than a lot of the White Stripes’ earlier tunes. The lead melody over big open chords is a challenge to get out of your head, and Jack White nails the pitch-shifted guitar solo at the end of the song.

Paul Bogdan
A&C Writer

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