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Elephant

The White Stripes Audio CD
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The White Stripes formed on Bastille Day in 1997, aiming to create simple, vigorous rock & roll with little more than Meg White's percussion and Jack White's guitar-and-vocal attack. Meg's drumming was deliberate and straightforward, while Jack's formidable guitar skills paid homage to garage rock, blues, and punk. A former drummer for the ... Read more in Amazon's The White Stripes Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B00007KN36
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes' "British" album, Elephant is scattered with little cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from the duo's US home--just listen to the lyrics on "Seven Nation Army" ("..from the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell") or the album outro where someone chips in "jolly good, cup of tea?". But although there are some new twists here, from Meg discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure; more a culmination of their preceding albums. Meg and Jack push their creativity (and the boundaries of their eight track) to new heights for the startling, Queen-inspired "There's No Home for You Here" while the (pedal-induced) deep bassline on "Seven Nation Army" is a classic indie dancefloor filler. But although some songs fly off into new realms there's plenty of that straight-up bluesy rock that makes the duo such an amazing prospect live--just listen to the sweat dripping off the overtly sexual "Ball and Biscuit". And amid all this there's that plaintive, resolutely unegotistical and yet theatrical voice that makes them so unique; when Jack cries out on "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" there's a dark desperation Bacharach and David certainly didn't put there. --Caroline Butler

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Band of the moment, the saviours of rock and roll...something to write about in an age of musical mediocrity? The White Stripes can be seen as all of the above. The hype around the release of their fourth album has gone on and on, the critics' saliva is abundant...finally it's here. Can it really change the course of mankind as we know it? Lets see...

The music is mainly some sort of blues derived rock; gentle some of the time and very loud and explosive most of the time. There's a great cover of Bacharach's "I Dont Know What to Do With Myself", moments of intense punk rock ("Hypnotise") and a comedy ballad at the end. You're not going to get bored.

The album was recorded in East London and Jack White's holding a cricket bat on the cover, so maybe it's not surprising that a lot of the album sounds very English. The heavy riffs here are just so early Led Zeppelin. Quite often Jim even sings like an English person pretending to be an America, and on "In The Cold, Cold Night" Meg speaks and (unlike her drumming) comes across all fay and, well, sort of pre-Raphaelite in a down-town motor city kind of way.

And it's all so divinely confident, so f**k off sexy. In that sense it is better than the first three albums (which weren't exactly meek). Whatever they say in public I think this is a band which loves been loved, almost as much as they love making music - and they like that quite a lot.

At the centre of the music's drama lies the relationship between Jack and Meg, Jack likes to strut and shout and shout, proclaiming that he is the seventh son, but he's dancing to the ladies beat. (Quite literally). If it's true that the pair used to go out together, rather than be brother and sister, as they once claimed, splitting up has never sounded so good.

What else can I say in their favour?...They don't take drugs and they don't do yoga, they even seem to like themselves for what they are. Strange, camp blues-rock might just be able to save the world; all we need to do is believe. --Matt Harvey

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn fine album! 25 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
The White Stripes are a duo who record all their material on old analog recording equipment and refuse to embrace the digital revolution. The result? An album that sounds warmer and more real than just about anything that has been around in years!
That's no exageration either, as this album just exudes a sound that is sadly being left in the past. There are not multiple takes to get the playing perfect either; all the little imperfections in the playing and singing are left in, so it doesn't have the cold feel that most music has now.
The song are great too, starting with "Seven Nation Army", with a catchy bass line that gets the groove going, and then they just keep coming. Meg duets on "I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself", which wrenches the emotion from the words. "Ball and Biscuit" is my favourite - a kind of 21 century blues that Led Zep would be proud of.
The only thing that puzzles me about this album is why there is a picture of Meg's feet on the inside of the cover...
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking 13 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
After three albums you wonder exactly what a guitarist and a drummer can do to keep things moving forward whilst maintaining the brilliance of previous efforts. The fact that creatively they have moved forward and musically they have exceeded any hopes I had of their forth album just shows how special The White Stripes really are.
Elephant IS quite simply one of the finest records you will hear this year. As if Jack's heart was actually plugged into the amp it will take on a roller coaster journey that will leave you exhausted at the end. We are taken back to the rawer guitar sound of De Stijl and with a number of tracks like Ball & Biscuit, Black Math and Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine rocking some amazing guitar work you can see that Jack is really having some fun on this record. The Stripes seem to be enjoying their new found fame rather than resenting it and with Elephant you can see how it's paid off. It is such an accomplished album that will be throttling your stereo all summer.
Elephant proves beyond any doubt that The White Stripes are in a league of their own. All the hype and all the praise wouldn't be enough to describe how important this band are to music. God bless the drums, god bless the guitar, god bless The White Stripes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most exciting album in years 16 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
i had heard a couple of songs off white blood cells but i never went any further. when i heard seven nation army i knew i had to buy elephant, and what a purchase. the most exciting album i have heard since nirvana's in utero. "little acorns" is for me the best track. jacks guitar hits you right in the chest and shows how rock and roll still has a few tricks up its sleeve.in contrast "you've got her in your pocket" is a beautiful little number and along with "hypnotize" are the other stand out tracks.i dont know how many times i have kicked myself for ignoring these guys for so long but believe the hype for a change and buy their music, become excited and passionate about music again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the 21st century...so far 15 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
When i started seeing the White Stripes in every newspaper and magazine in 2001 i was intrigued. Here was a different band, with a different sound. One boy, one girl, a drumkit and a guitar. Were they brother and sister? Husband and wife? Or both? This didn't matter, White Blood Cells - the bands third album was a triumph-bringing back a dirty 60's blues sound whilst dicovering a new form of rock music. When i saw Elephant being banded around, i though 'oh no, here's another band whose success has got to their head and they will become irretrevably commercial.' However, this time i was wrong. Elephant is a success in all quarters, from the opening stomp of 'Seven Nation Army' to the final hilarity and humour of 'It's true that we love One Another.' The White Stripes experiment more than ever on this album, including releasing Meg's stunning voice on Cold, Cold Night, fiddling with old classics and recreating them as kick-ass rock tunes (I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself) and ranging between the heartwarming (You've Got Her In Your Pocket) and the simply smashing rock n' Rll of Black Math nad Hypnotize. The White Stripes are at the forefront of a new revol;ution in music, it even got to number 1. They are here to stay, even if following this up will be a hard TUSK.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Black and White Stripes 3 Mar 2006
Format:Vinyl
Looking at the group's back catalogue, (so much so quickly !), there's been no difficulty finding wildly varying songs, tunes and themes. Elephant has a similar wide range and most of it is effortlessly good. Reviewers of the CD version are confused on what they want from the White Stripes: Live with it, I say - for this quality. Yes I did love the first and last sides of four most of all, with a bit too much "quietly reflective" for me near the middle, when the writing quality waned perhaps?. Seven Nation Army, The Hardest Button and Hypnotize will all one day be considered classics; I think they are already.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The American British Album 19 Oct 2003
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Format:Audio CD
White Blood Cells made The White Stripes big stars but the follow-up Elephant makes them global superstars, and one listen to it and it's difficult not to agree with NME and Kerrang. Since it's such a great album it's only fitting for a track by track analysis:
Seven Nation Army- lead off single and possibly the greatest tune to be released in 2003, the unlikely bassline and rolling percusion make it a classic 10/10
Black Math- this sounds like a robert plant/led zeppelin inspired tune,with Jack howling at the same tempo but it's still a great tune 8/10
There's No Room For You Here- this one doesn't quite catch my attention like the rest, it sounds too similar to dead leaves, so it's not too good 5/10
I Just Don't What To Do With Myself- cover of the burt bacharach anthem and one of the shortest songs, great video accompanied it as well. a knock out cry , sweet stuff 9/10
In The Cold, Cold Night- Meg's Debut on vocals on this acoustic driven tune about love,and surprisingly it's quite catchy but the vocals are best with her brother 7/10
I Want To Warm Your Mothers Heart- this is a somber sad little number about gaining the adulation of a partner's parent, not the best of songs, but still great 6/10
You've Got Her In Your Pocket - more somber songs, but this one is more uplifting making it more enjoyable than the previous one 7/10
Ball and Biscuit- a brilliant track, a long track, great solos, enough said 10/10
The Hardest Button To Button- current single and personal favourite, everything here is brilliant another classic courtesy of The White Stripes 10/10
Little Acorns- a reporter kicks this off which seems strange but it works anyways, Jack's vocals go really funny on this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grower ????
People said so many good things..., I prefer to say its ok. Give me The Black Keys any day. Its not bad.
Published 4 months ago by Homermckinley
2.0 out of 5 stars i liked one track and stupidly bought album
I like one track and stupidly bought album - don't bother its all different eclectic stuff which doesn't correspond to anything else
Published 8 months ago by spurs forever
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
From the beginning first sound of this CD it's amazing, just make it louder.
Everybody should listen it once (except my mom)
Published 8 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential !
Thus is the best white stripes selection I've come across.
This album is an absolute essential for any white stripe lover.....
Published 8 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record for all time!
Good quality with the English edition, great sound without the use of digital processing. I recommend to all fans of this sound.
Published 9 months ago by Dmitry
5.0 out of 5 stars Elephant by The White Stripes
Wasn't sure that I would like this but I really connected with it and it is well worth having.It is raw in places but still accessible and never strays into self indulgence.
Published 10 months ago by Gary Drain
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Allways liked the White Stripes, but never got round to buying an album. Have recently been buying the "Greatest 100 albums" and this was included. Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Wellman
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great album, love it, not much more to say, but if you are lively then buy it and if you are not get it it will liven u up................................................... Read more
Published 11 months ago by karen jean marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
I'm a big fan of Guns n' Roses and Jack White is the closest thing you can get in my opinion.

This album is full of chart hits and some hidden gems! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Siggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album.
I only with I had discovered The White Stripes sooner, before they broke up. Great Album, and one that will stay on my music player for a long time.
Published 13 months ago by D. Berry
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