The news that the White Stripes are calling it quits kinda struck me as odd, since I thought they pretty much had arrived there. With Jack White reviving the careers of formerly great country singers, his band the Raconteurs, and Meg White doing God knows what, I can't tell you what the last White Stripes album was (Icky Thump apparently).
I only own one White Stripes album (Elephant), so I'm by no means an authority on their music. But I love Elephant, and the energy and confusion it holds. But as great a showman and guitarist as Jack White is, it's Meg White's drumming that always drove me to lke what they did. She often sounds like she's going to tear a whole in that kit. I love it.