Matt Fraction On The White Stripes

Fraction tries to understand why the new White Stripes isn’t doing anything for him. Shot through with occasional breakdowns like this one:

The next song is something about a “Prickly Thorn” or somesuch? It drones on and on until I can’t believe I’m actually still listening to it. Seriously, I thought it was some kind of mistake when I first heard it. On a second listen, I realize the mistake isn’t on MY end. “St. Andrew” starts off like John Cale playing a cover of “Baba O’Riley”. Is that Meg singing? Is she vocoded upwards? Jesus CHRIST, what the fuck is wrong with this record?

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