Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
White Blood CellsThe White StripesVinyl16
  • US2001-07-03
Sympathy for the Record IndustrySFTRI 660
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
  • US2001-07-03
Sympathy for the Record IndustrySFTRI 660 CD
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
  • XE2001-09-24
Playground Music Scandinavia, XL RecordingsXLCD 151634904015121
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
  • GB2001-09-24
XL RecordingsXLCD 151634904015121
White Blood CellsThe White StripesVinyl16
  • GB2001-09-24
XL RecordingsXLLP 151
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
XL Recordings, Remote ControlXLCD 151634904015121
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
XL Recordings7243 8114722 1724381147221
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
  • US2002-01-29
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)63881-27124-2RE638812712424
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
  • US2002-01-29
Sympathy for the Record Industry, Third Man Records, V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)63881-27124-2638812712424
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD18
  • JP2002-06-19
V2 Records JapanV2CP-1284520227000158
White Blood CellsThe White Stripes12" Vinyl16
V2 Records63881-27124-1638812712417
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
  • CA2008-07-01
Third Man Records2-512136093624984306
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCD16
  • US2008-07-01
Third Man Records512136-2093624984306
White Blood CellsThe White Stripes12" Vinyl16
  • US2010-12-14
Third Man RecordsTMR 033093624959472
White Blood CellsThe White StripesCassette16
  • US2017-10-14
Third Man RecordsTMR-033813547024855
White Blood CellsThe White Stripes2×Digital Media16 + 16
  • US2021-06-25
White Blood Cells XXThe White Stripes2×12" Vinyl + DVD13 + 17 + 1
Third Man RecordsTMR-736
White Blood CellsThe White StripesDigital Media16
  • -2021
Legacy (reissue division of Sony Music Entertainment)

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Fell in Love With a Girl
Hotel Yorba
part of:Albums of the Year (SPIN magazine, 2003-01) (number: 1) (order: 1)
Pitchfork: Top 20 Albums of 2001 (number: 8) (order: 8)
Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: pub_2011-07-18 (number: 20) (order: 20)
Jaguaro: One Hundred Albums You Should Remove from Your Collection Immediately (number: 30) (order: 30)
Fact Magazine: The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s (number: 59) (order: 59)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 497) (order: 498)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/10332 [info]
reviews:http://www.metacritic.com/music/white-blood-cells/the-white-stripes [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/f59x [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_white_stripes/white_blood_cells/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/39493/ [info]
https://www.offiziellecharts.de/album-details-17358 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000228307 [info]
Wikidata:Q289539 [info]

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The third album by this infamous proto-rocker duo from Detroit finds them on the cusp of greatness. All the elements that made the subsequent Elephant such a titanic success are firmly in place: the crunching, insistent
simplicity of Meg White's drumming, which sticks like glue to Jack White's intense, rhythmic, blues-based riffing; a broad, knowing sense of pop history, and of course their by now well-established red/white branding imagery.

Like its successor, White Blood Cells has a sense of unstoppable momentum, variety and most importantly, plenty of grinding, visceral grooves, none more striking than the opening "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground", which epitomises the singer's wonderful rock 'n' roll whinny and economic way with words. The comparatively throwaway country-flavoured sing-along of ''Hotel Yorba'' was an unexpected hit - one of a brace of acoustic guitar based numbers that leaven the set - but it's not what The White Stripes do best. That has to the stop/start, soft/loud pounding of songs like ''I'm Finding It Hard To Be A Gentleman'', ''Expecting'' and sonic meltdown of ''Aluminium'' where the singer resorts to treated 'ahhhhh' vocals when words will not suffice.

The unlikely combination of such primal musical motifs with more Day-Glo pop references is one of the keys to the breadth of The White Stripes' appeal. ''I Can't Wait'' steals (and slows down) the machine gun riff from The Breeders' ''Cannonball'', while their Anglophile tendencies are obvious on ''Fell In Love With A Girl'', which marries the teenage thrills of early Beatles with elements of The Yardbirds' ''For Your Love''. And the singer who would later
cover Burt Bacharach's ''I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself'' reveals his soft centre on ''The Same Boy You've Always Known'' and the cutesy nursery rhyme idyll of ''We're Going To Be Friends''.

You're going to like White Blood Cells. It covers a lot of ground, so seems longer than its 'classic' 40-minute LP-style length, and with only a couple of forgettable ditties among its sixteen tracks, it's a lean and highly engaging set.