Just about everyone I know who's a big music fan won't shut up about how awesome the White Stripes' new album is. Two friends in particular who have pretty wide tastes in music (everything from jazz to country to heavy metal) have told me that it's one of the best CDs of all time. Rolling Stone magazine appears to agree.
And yet, whenever I hear one of their songs on the radio, it sounds like a bass-laden novelty song: like two twits with limited musical talent turning out a couple of catchy songs that are hummable but not particularly good. The redheaded stepchild of Primus and the Breeders.
So I can't help but wonder: is there more to the White Stripes than meets the eye, and they actually are good underneath their stupid gimmicks? Or, as I suspect, are there subliminal messages hidden in the tracks that make otherwise normal people think they like this latter-day alternative drivel?