Weekly Jam (Contd. – Wednesday)

The hits just keep coming!

Oh, how time flies. Here it is, Wednesday already. As promised, the rock is ready.

Today we’re going to make a drastic turn, exploring some of the more progressive elements of Icky Thump. Todays jam, Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn, is a beautiful, sweeping track fueled by middle eastern influence… and a little bit of Led Zeppelin. The faux-sitar (no doubt a keyboard effect) adds a lush harmony to the mandolin backbone of the song. And, even though I’m not a Led Zeppelin fan, it’s hard to dismiss the Robert Plant feel of White’s vocals.

The only noticeable flaw that comes with posting Prickly Thorn… is the inability to post the follow up track, St. Andrew (The Battle Is In The Air). As the tracks skip, the music never breaks. The outro becomes the intro as Meg takes over the vocal duties, changing the feel of the song and providing one of the best 109 second periods of the entire album. However, sticking to the rules, I can only post one track per day. Seeing as how St. Andrew… wouldn’t make sense without Prickly Thorn…, I had to go with the latter.

I should also note that on this record, The White Stripes seem to have graduated from the Fall Out Boy school of track naming. I’ve never had to issue so many abbreviations.

The White Stripes – Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn


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