In a move that has surprised many, the now-defunct garage-rock duo the White Stripes have released a Greatest Hits package encompassing their entire career. The album is a curated release appearing on Jack White’s own label, Third Man Records. It has been, thus far, greeted with enthusiasm and surprise.
The White Stripes were an alternative rock duo formed in 1997. Their quirky blend of garage rock, indie, folk, and blues earned them numerous fans and critical favor. The group disbanded in 2011.
Since then, singer and guitarist Jack White have kept busy with his solo career, as well as his side-projects The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. The drummer of the band, Meg White, has mostly opted to keep away from public life.
Seen as something of an anomaly within the mainstream music industry, it comes as a surprise that the much-celebrated White Stripes catalog will now be released as a Greatest Hits package.
Allmusic critic Heather Phares praised the duo’s willingness to subvert expectations. The majority of other reviews have features the same positive tone.
The album features 26 of the White Stripes’ songs. It should be noted that the group’s most commercially successful tunes are all included. Fell in love with a girl, The hardest button to button or Icky Thump all find their way onto the album.
The lengthy release also finds room for some lesser-known fan favorites. Astro, Apple Blossom, or the band’s cover of Death Letter are also part of the compilation.
Third Man Records announced plans to promote the record as vinyl and CD release. While the album will surely delight fans of The White Stripes, there’s been no information to suggest the group might reform to promote the Greatest Hits album.
The Greatest Hits’ track list is:
- Let’s Shake Hands
- The Big Three Killed My Baby
- Fell In Love With A Girl
- Hello Operator
- I’m Slowly Turning Into You
- The Hardest Button To Button
- The Nurse
- Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
- Death Letter
- We’re Going To Be Friends
- The Denial Twist
- I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
- Hotel Yorba
- Apple Blossom
- Blue Orchid
- Ball And Biscuit
- I Fought Piranhas
- I Think I Smell A Rat
- Icky Thump
- My Doorbell
- You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
- Seven Nation Army