The year the music thrived

By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007

The White Stripes | Icky Thump
Jack White is now a Nashville resident — but he hasn’t lost touch with his inner Motor City Madman. His guitar riffery keeps growing bigger and bolder with each new release, but not at the expense of soul or the playfulness that leads him to employ mariachi horns on Icky Thump (Warner Bros.) as he continues to incorporate ever more crazed and distorted organ refrains. And Meg is as unflappable as she needs to be, the grounded foil for Jack’s unbridled solos and free-associated vocal wailing. To borrow a line from the Cramps’ “Garbage Man,” he’s “the hottest thing from the North to come out of the South.”

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