@ZackTeibloom This is like choosing between two children for me. I’ve been championing LCD since Daft Punk was playing at their house (their house) but Jack White is my ultimate man crush and dream musician. These two songs couldn’t be more different, but they both do their thing so well. LCD takes 2 minutes and 58 seconds of nuanced build up to unleash the synth explosion on you. It builds and builds and kicks off the album off with a bang. Why have it start the album over “Drunk Girls”? It’s that good. On the other hand, it only takes Jack 20 seconds to Ted Mosby it up and croon “Yeah, I love you so much!” on “Blue Blood Blues.” If I was the neighbors, Jack would make me nervous too. Look, I have LCD in the finals, but I’ll defend Jack with my life.
@ZackTeibloom I thought about just writing “Jack White is better than everything ever” over and over to fill the space, but I’ll make a futile attempt to tell you he put out a better song than LCD this year. If you like dirty, sexy raw blues, then Sea of Cowards hit the spot for you. Jack, Alison and company wrote and recorded the album at early Beatles speeds so they could hit the road for more touring, where they’re at their best. Could they have taken a few more weeks and tightened things up? Maybe. But then they might have second guessed lines like “Yeah, I make ’em nervous. Crack a window, crack a broken bone. Crack ya knuckles when ya at home. Lick an ice cream cone. Crack a bone.” What are we to do with that? It sounds hard thought doesn’t it? And “Blue Blood Blues” is at least a perfect title. It’s a blues song where he talks about the blue blood in his veins. And Jack sings the whole time. That’s always a bonus.
@AndyShore Let’s honest here. The Dead Weather are my least favorite incarnation of Jack White bands. Putting him on drums is a waste of his talents. They aren’t even my favorite blues rock band in the contest. I’m actually impressed that Zack put together somewhat of an argument, rather than just grasping at straws. I’ll be the first to tell you how anti-LCD Soundsystem I was after Coachella. They just couldn’t impress me sandwiched between Them Crooked Vultures and Jay Z. Few could. ACL was a whole different story. They were my second favorite show of the festival and “Dance Yrself Clean” was an absolute highlight. As Zack mentioned already, the song starts slow. It lets your body adjust to the beat and get going in a Ravinia dance (just as the midget in front of Zack and I was doing at ACL). Just after the three minute mark is when the bass drops in. Dance party ensues. I still don’t get how it makes you clean, but I do get how it’ll get the song into the second round.