Icky Thump

Music review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Raw and raucous rock for adventurous teens.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The band's tendency to be musically unique makes it clear that they're comfortable being themselves and don't conform to what others expect.


One metaphorical reference to pimp and prostitute and one subtle reference to orgasms ("I even love it when you're faking it").

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to "sittin' drunk on a wagon to Mexico" in title track.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable here, though the lyrics tend toward the vivid and caustic ("I can't help but wonder if after I'm gone will I still have these 300-mile-per-hour, finger-breaking, no answers makin', battered dirty hands, bee stung and busted up, empty cup torrential outpour blues"). The CD is an eclectic mix of musical styles that can be melodic, melodramatic, and manic -- sometimes all at the same time.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclules_13 April 9, 2008

We love it

We love this album. My 6 year old actually carries it around in his Dora CD player and sings into the microphone. And it's perfect for our family band!!!... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byyayap April 9, 2008

I love the White Stripes!

If you love The White Stripes then this is perfect...
Teen, 13 years old Written byKubricksGirl February 4, 2016


This is one of my favorite albums. Everyone says that Elephant is their best, but I think it's between this one and White Blood Cells. There is truly a va... Continue reading

What's the story?

As always, The White Stripes steer clear of highly produced albums with their sixth studio album, ICKY THUMP. To an unfamiliar listener, this album may feel like an assault on the ears. But remember, this is Jack White and Meg White -- the Detroit-bred duo who shun the rules of rock and embrace their eclectic-ness. They deliver heaps of raw energy and quirky combinations of sounds. You won't find anything objectionable in the lyrics, and you'll most likely find (and feel) -- a good deal of passion for the music.

Is it any good?

Musically, Icky Thump runs the gamut, taking listeners on a stylistic trip through genre after genre, with sounds reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, old Irish ballads, and Spanish mariachis. Jack's voice is as much an instrument as his guitars; Meg rocks on the drums and brings out the occasional bagpipes and trumpet. The lyrics move from real and raw to poetic and pure, and even though there isn't always a logical narrative to follow, there's always a clever line or musical surprise just around the corner.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how original and different these songs are from what other popular bands typically produce and why it's good to step outside of the box. Try to name other artists who have pushed the musical envelope and still found fans. Families can also discuss how artists can make powerful albums without iffy content. Does it make it more powerful to skip the sexual references or harsh language? Why or why not?

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