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White Stripes, The - Elephant
Label: V2 Records
Release: 2003

Tracklisting:
Seven Nation Army
Black Math
There's No Home For You Here
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
In The Cold, Cold, Night
I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart
You've Got Her In Your Pocket
Ball And Buscuit
The Harest Button To Button
Little Acorns
Hypnotize
The Air Near My Fingers
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medecine
Well It's True That We Love One Another
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When it came to the follow-up album to the very popular White Blood Cells, The White Stripes had some mighty big boots to fill, their own. They aim to please and they deliver Elephant (which was released on April 1, 2003). This is an wonderful delight for your ears, beginning to end, listen to it and they will thank you. The White Stripes are an amazing duo Meg White and Jack White from Detroit, Michigan.

I honestly don't know if I have been able to pick a favorite or a least favorite song on the entire CD. If I had to pick a least favorite it would probably be "Well it's true that we love one another", this is a silly little song that they added at the end of the album that was recorded with Holly Golightly in England. If I had to choose a favorite track on this album I imagine it would be "In the cold, cold, night" which is the only song on the album that has lead vocals featured by Meg White, and she has a wonderful voice.

"The hardest button to button", "I just don't know what to do with myself", "Ball and biscuit" "Seven nation army" and "Girl you have no faith in medicine" are all great additions to the album. "Little Acorns" is a very good song with an amusing intro by Mort Crim (a Detroit Newscaster) about a girl named Janet and a Squirrel?? Trust me, it’s good and it has a good message behind it. Oh yeah and the song rocks too!

The White Stripes have proven to the country that rock didn't die, we just forgot how to appreciate it. Well thank you Meg thank you Jack, we remember now.

-Amanda
6/13/03

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I stumbled upon The White Stripes about two winters ago; I was at the local record store wanting to buy something and I had remember hearing something about this indie rock band (yea, that’s what they were called before all this garage rock, “the” band brainless bullshit got tabbed on it) called the White Stripes from some internet something-or-other. Well, honestly, I do not even remember what possessed me to purchase their self-titled debut, but sure enough I was walking home with it. I remember putting in this album and thinking “whoa, sounds like shit… awesome.” It was pure rock-n-roll.

3 albums later, and they’ve changed their formula for the first time, well barely, but it’s a change. So now we’re at Elephant. Now touted as rock-n-roll’s saviors and all the other nonsense that comes along with being a credible band with mainstream success. Expectations are high, hype is abundant, but the White Stripes pay no attention to it. Unfortunately, maybe they should have. A good portion of Elephant feels like you’ve heard it before. Of course, the same went for everything the Stripes’ had done. But now, it feels like something they’ve done before. Only this time, something’s missing, or maybe even added for the negative. This is still lo-fi and low budget, but relatively to what they have done before, it feels less honest. There’s no slop at all, there’s multiple instrumentation, for the worse, this is a band whose part of the beauty was their lack of production. While it still has only a small amount of production, it is still unneeded production. The multiple guitars throughout the album feel kind of like a waste, and it was always enjoyable to listen to Jack bust out a solo leaving Meg to struggle, but still somehow pull off keeping the song and rhythm in tact. And that lack of struggle may be the very problem in this album. It all seems like it was all done effortlessly. And it takes away from the feeling of the album, it makes you want to listen to it less when you can predict what will happen next. It was always the small, but still noticeable things that caught your attention and dragged you back into their other albums. Elephant just kind of trots along without you even realizing it. It’s like that car commercial where they’re sitting in the car and the car is so quiet that people have time to think up stupid things. The White Stripes were more like an old beater that refuses to die, so you keep riding it. Elephant is more like the first a nice, pleasant album that doesn’t beg for you to listen to it.

All negativity aside, there are still some solid songs, but it’s kind of obvious that Jack White just kind of shat these all out at this point. They do expand a little on the sound, and the tracks that Meg sing in are a nice change. But stick to the piano + drums or the guitar + drums. There’s no need for second guitars in any of these songs. This album overall, is a nice rock album, it just lacks the charm of their earlier albums, and doesn’t beg for more than an occasional listen.

Rating: 6 out of 10.


Reviewer Rating of CD :

This time around the White Stripes have at least matched the greatness of their last release, "White Blood Cells". This album is consistantly great, both Jack and Meg are at their best. It's just as wonderful as their other stuff without relying on the exact same things as last time, it's mixed up a bit and it makes for a brilliant fourth album and arguebly their best.

Reviewer Rating of CD :

This is by far the best White Stripes album to date. This songs are very well put together, and this album bring some new things we haven't really heard in previous White Stripes releases; Bass Guitar and Meg White's Vocals on a few track. Both of these add a new dynamic to the band, and add to their sound and improve it. This album features a grungy, nirvana-ish sound on some songs and blues and country in others. It is a wonderful mix of all the right things that add up to what rock really should be.

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