The outside and internal expectations placed on The White Stripes recordings following their ‘White Blood Cells’ success could have caused the duo to tense up and write a diluted and lackluster record. Yet in the midst of the whirlwind, the band’s aim was as simple and sharp as ever: to make a raw and ragged rock album the way they always had. “We were completely unaffected,” Jack White tells Billboard.com. “We feel like we recorded the way we always had, which was great. Five of the songs were written there in the studio. A lot of it was just trying to see what we could come up with under this circumstance.”
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