The White Stripes - Elephant
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2003 Ratings: #56 / 241
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Based on 435 ratings
2003 Ratings: #9
April 1, 2003 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Spin

This is not garage rock; this is art rock. And that's a compliment.

100
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.

90
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.

70
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.
70
Sputnikmusic

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.

69
Pitchfork
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.
50
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.
chairycherry
NR
This album is also another great record, but it's not much of an improvement. Main problem with some of the tracks is that they aren't all as adventurous as the groups previous record. A lot of the tracks feel like nothing we haven't already heard from The White Stripes, but they still sound great and are catchy.
AvgLizardHead
80
White Blood Cells is better
ElectricMess
90
GIRL!
VividAids
99
Elephant held a special place in my heart ages 8-12, so returning to it was a breath of nostalgia. Putting on the objectivist goggles reveals that this album is the peak of 2000's garage rock, with catchy hooks, blistering riffs, and a sound so dirty you need q-tips after listening.
tynhe
NR
This album was losing me at first but then later on I felt the tracks got a LOT stronger. While I did enjoy this, I definitely don't enjoy it as much as most people do.

Favorite tracks: Seven Nation Army, Little Acorns, Hypnotize, Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine

Least favorite tracks: I Want To Be The Boy That Warms Your Heart, You've Got Her In Your Pocket, Well It's True
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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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