White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights Reviews
In 2004 the White Stripes - Jack and Meg White - were the greatest band
in the world. Their first three albums - The White Stripes, De Stijl
and White Blood Cells - were excellent and were largely responsible for
resurrecting rock 'n roll. In 2003 they released their magnum opus -
Elephant, one of the greatest albums of all time, and certainly the
quintessential album of the 21st century.
This concert, in Blackpool, England, on their tour to promote Elephant,
captures them at the top of their game, and captures them incredibly
well. Perfect camera angles - it's like being on stage with them!
And Jack and Meg don't disappoint. Every classic of theirs is there,
plus the covers they like to throw in too (and make their own).
And, my fandom of the band aside, this is excellent. Shot on Super * with a handful of cameras, we get a rousing tour-de-force run through about 27 or so songs over the course of 75-80s minutes, with the majority of tracks taken from the four albums they had released up to that point, as well as a few non-album cuts as well. And not only that, but this is mostly a breakneck set, diving right into song after song with only a few breaks and slower moments scattered here and there.
The setlist is great, and I loved that they shot it on Super 8, as they really enhances the band's raw, lo-fi bluesy garage rock sound and aesthetics. Another thing I love is how much noise they make, especially since it's just two people utilizing voice, drums, guitar, and piano.
I never got the chance to see them live before they broke up (which I'm still kinda bitter about), but this makes up for it wonderfully, and does a great job of showing what they were all about, and just how fun the concert experience can be.
Definitely see this if you're a fan. You can still check it out if you're not, but don't expect to feel the same about it as me.
The best gig ive ever been to and ive been to a few