The White Stripes - Elephant
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Based on 15 reviews
2003 Ratings: #58 / 290
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Based on 827 ratings
2003 Ratings: #17
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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.
pros: raw, vivacious and intense; Elephant is an album that's filled to the brim with energetic and rebellious styles of music and technicality, from the vibrant and electric guitar to the playful nature of the lyrics, it's a fun blast that focuses primarily on creating a passionate force of liveliness; it's minimalistic as well in the sense that it has a cohesive idea and theme and sticks throughout it and establishes it very well, it remains consistent, melodic and romantic; the energy, ... read more
Still don't see the elephant on the cover like Jack says...
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.
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.
A new band is beginning to roll into my favorites and its... peppermint colored?
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Track List

  1. Seven Nation Army
  2. Black Math 
  3. There's No Home For You Here 
  4. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself 
  5. In The Cold, Cold Night 
  6. I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart
  7. You've Got Her In Your Pocket 
  8. Ball And Biscuit 
  9. The Hardest Button To Button 
  10. Little Acorns 
  11. Hypnotize 
  12. The Air Near My Fingers 
  13. Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine 
  14. Well It's True That We Love One Another
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