Release Date: Dec 4, 2020
Record label: Third Man Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Like the other archival releases that appeared after the White Stripes called it quits in 2011, The White Stripes Greatest Hits is filled with the same detail, wit, and willingness to subvert expectations that made the band so dynamic when they were active. As with all things involving Jack and Meg White, the collection's hand-curated feel is much more personal than the average best-of or streaming play list. The idiosyncratic track list shuffles the pages of the Stripes' songbook, bringing new life to their music in the process.
Does anyone need a Greatest Hits album in 2020? That's a question Jack White has obviously been pondering over at Third Man Records' HQ. As the explainer on their website posits, "In an era of streaming where the idea of a 'Greatest Hits' album may seem irrelevant - that an act's most streamed songs are considered their de facto "hits" - we wholeheartedly believe that great bands deserve 'Greatest Hits'". The White Stripes are unarguably one of the great bands of the 21st century, a universally beloved yet uncompromising rock act who took the bare bones of dustbowl blues and stuck them full of bolts and electrical wiring to create something at once instantly familiar and unlike anything anyone had heard before.