The White Stripes are different. If you ignored their songs, you’d assume they were a novelty act […] but there is no punch line. Mixing junk punk and tangled roots music, singing some of the most complex love songs since Liz Phair’s heyday, the White Stripes have done what great rock bands are supposed to do — they’ve reinvented the blues with contemporary instincts. They represent a sound (postmodern garage rock) from a specific place (downtown Detroit), and it’s a fascinating mix of sonic realness and media boondoggle.
Chuck Klosterman, SPIN Magazine October 2002