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4.0 out of 5 stars
The best so far....., 5 April 2003
.....although its still not perfect.
I had to give Elephant four stars because of the soul stirring genius of the first three tracks, Ball and Biscuit and The Air Near My Fingers. Furthermore, Seven Nation Army is an excellent choice for the lead single, and has convinced a certain Led Zep obsessed mate of The White Stripes value to society, which is an achievement in itself.
It is almost impossible to pick a stand out track from those five, but probably the most exciting moments of the album are when Jack makes his guitar sing like an angel on ball and biscuit.
However, owning the previous three records is a bit of a disadvantage, in that the riff on Black Math is Build a home from De Stilj, and the one on There's No Home for you Here is, as everyone says, Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground.
Oh, and Meg can only just sing. She pulls it off on In the Cold Cold Night, but is pretty ropey on the final track. Which is not a brilliant track to start with.
Neither are the two "slow" tracks, 6 and 7. Sometimes the slow tracks work, like Little People and We're going to be friends, but these two don't really. Its hard to say why. Maybe if jack whites isn't being passionate, he's not very exciting?
But, all is forgiven. The good outway the bad, and in impressive fashion. When it works, it works so well that the occasional weak track is irrelevant.
Buy it. And the other records. Now.