The White Stripes - Elephant
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2003 Ratings: #59 / 293
User Score
Based on 884 ratings
2003 Ratings: #14
Liked by 49 people
April 1, 2003 / Release Date
LP / Format
V2 / Label
Jack White, Liam Watson / Producer
Garage Rock / Genres
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This is not garage rock; this is art rock. And that's a compliment.

Rolling Stone

Singer-guitarist Jack White and his ex-wife, drummer Meg — the undisputed king and queen of the new garage movement — finally romp and rattle like a fully armed band. It is a glorious thing to hear. It will be one of the best things you hear all year.

No Ripcord

For the time being, and probably for a long time in the future, Elephant is an album that sets the benchmark for rock and roll.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Sad as it may be, there is a finite amount of time that the loud and sloppy approach that The White Stripes employ can remain popular. The White Stripes had better evolve or they are at risk for being left behind.

I found the song quality to be inconsistent and at times tedious to get through, however great musicianship by Jack White, a few stunning highlights, and many different styles of music to keep the pace a-changin make Elephant a pretty good pickup for anyone looking for some good indie-rock.

People who just want some fried poultry can drive-thru and get a quick fix, but underneath, the spirits of the heroes wait for a true seance.
Drowned in Sound
I would've loved to have said how I can get lost in music in 'Elephant', how I could get drowned in sound, but that's just not happening. Don't get me wrong - had this been a band's debut album it would be something definitely worth shouting about. But it's not; it's the White Stripes fourth, and you kinda expect a bit more from a band's fourth album.
Still don't see the elephant on the cover like Jack says...
I don’t see an elephant but who cares because that album cover is so iconic

THERE WE GO. This album is much better than the others, and everything that was good about the previous albums is just mastered here. The production its great, the songwriting is way more interesting, the introduction of some different instruments is nice, and the vocals sound overall just way better. Also, the guitar work on this album is phenomenal, with Jack bringing It up a notch. There still re songs on here ... read more
Elephant is not a masterpiece, but it is a pioneer of garage rock revival. It is raw and aggressive, but it is also pretty and calm for some songs. This is the White Stripes at their best, and it is amazing.
A new band is beginning to roll into my favorites and its... peppermint colored?
For every "Seven Nation Army", there is a "You've Got a Girl In Your Pocket". I dig some songs on it, but not others.
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