It's the most self-indulgent Ryan Adams album of the year. It's also, for whatever it's worth, the best Ryan Adams album of the year. In the past, when he wasn't slopping out an album every four months, that meant something. -- Luke Baumgarten
The White Stripes & lt;a href= & quot;http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=rQy1MLe70wI & amp;offerid=78941 & amp;type=3 & amp;subid=0 & amp;tmpid=1826 & amp;RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fphobos.apple.com%252FWebObjects%252FMZStore.woa%252Fwa%252FviewAlbum%253FplayListId%253D89036538%2526s%253D143441%26partnerId%3D30 & quot; & Walking With A Ghost & lt;/a & *** & r & This is a lovely little (belated) stocking stuffer for all of you who cannot yet accept that the holiday for obscene amounts of giving has now passed. But with five simple tracks, this offering by the White Stripes is just enough fun to ease you into the new year. The title, of course, comes from the delicioso cover of the Tegan and Sara tune. Even if you don't know the original (and shame on you if you don't), Jack and Meg distill the track through characteristic fuzz and buzz. Jack wails and Meg pounds -- it's de-lovely.
The remaining four tracks are live versions that offer a fair cross-section of the band's music from way back to the current faves. "As Ugly As I Seem" and "The Denial Twist" are invigorated versions of the Satan tracks. But "Screwdriver" is the best selection here of the Stripes' own material. Now, if we could just get Tegan and Sara to cover "I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet)," we'd be in bid-ness, son. -- Carey Murphy