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Review: DeStijl – ‘The White Stripes’
DeStijl may have already had a crack at this music thing back in the late nineties, but the new, improved and revamped version that reformed in 2008 has wasted little time on reasserting their presence. Only their third full length effort ‘The White Stripes’ exhibits a dark but wholly commercial sound that channels 80′s synthpop through a modern indie rock frame.
Originally released last year, this CD re-release doesn’t really offer anything extra other than a new incarnation for those who missed it first time round. However it can not be so easily dismissed. Pascal DeStijl and his cohorts have meticulously crafted a solid record which combines the dystopian atmosphere of Joy Division with the infectious melodies of Depeche Mode which, if given a good push could easily play to more mainstream tastes.
Songs like ‘Clues And Motives’, ‘Outraspection’, ‘Friend’ and ‘Greedy’ are excellent examples of this strong pop-edged song writing. However with songs like ‘Angels Falling’ and ’280′ they also show that they are not afraid to get a bit experimental and shake things up for the sake of it.
Overall the album is very strong with the momentum a little derailed by the noisier mixing of ‘Angels Falling’ and ’280′. That aside, this could be the start of big things with a great launchpad like this for the band’s renewed ambitions.