Elephant

Elephant

by The White Stripes
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Elephant

Their binary color scheme -- red, white -- and instrumental attack -- guitar, drums -- belie the dazzling array of hues these Detroit natives bring to their wildly popular post-blues-rock. Elephant, the Stripes' fourth long-player, has been trumpeted as a make-or-break deal, since it arrives on the heels of their smash White Blood Cells, and from virtually the first groove of the anthemic "Seven Nation Army," it's clear that they have no intention of buckling under the strain. Whether he's stomping, as on the incendiary "The Air Near My Fingers," or swooning, as on "I Want to Be the Boy" (which continues his string of infectiously innocent pre-adolescent love paeans), Jack White remains intriguingly real, unflaggingly believable. Elephant isn't a huge departure from White Blood Cells; it's more an intensification of that album's M.O., with the noisy songs offering up more noise and the sweet counterpoints a little more sugar. The band's nods to the blues have grown more confident, with icons like Lightnin' Hopkins and Son House used as stepping-stones rather than crutches, a transition they display on the distortion-laced epic "Ball and Biscuit." Making a big noise is but one of the Stripes' strengths, though: The sound and fury they unleash here signifies plenty, particularly on the bitterly careening "Black Math" and the feedback-caressed cover of the Bacharach classic "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself." In keeping with their minimalist aesthetic, the White Stripes recorded Elephant in just a few days, using just a few tracks on an ancient studio board. But the result -- to borrow a line from that credit card campaign -- is absolutely priceless.

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Release Date: 07/01/2008
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624984290
catalogNumber: 512138
Rank: 5717

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Elephant 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album clearly shows the White Stripes are one of the greatest bands of all time. Black Math has a drive kind of feel to it while Seven Nation Army proves nobody can stop them. The other songs are great too but i cant think about what to write so you just have to listen to it yourself. Oh yes, dont listen to the guy who said it was bad, its not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only good song on this cd is "Seven Nation Army". I Hate the rest! I'ts not even half as good as people say it is. So Don't buy it. When I heard it i wanted to shut it off! See Ya!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS MY OPINION, AND I AM NOT QUALIFIED TO MEASURE MUSIC: This CD has had more attention called to it than it should have. All of the songs sound alike, besides Seven Nation Army. I bought this CD because of that song, figuring the CD would hold the same punch, but alas, it did not. There are a few redeeming factors of this record though. They are that they used no computers, and that the only two instruments are the drums and guitar, even though the drummer is not such a great one. If you liked this record, you'll probably like some other bad music, like Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, or Christina Agueleira. But, don't take my word for it, because you won't, go support the man, and buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The White Stripes have to be the greatest modern intrusion on a dead genre. listen to elephant, you'll know why
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the Best CDs they have done. Elephant is HUGE! White Stripes FOREVER!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band is dangerously close to making it on the 'top 3 bands of all time' list. But it's already there in my book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome!! Black Math sums up my feelings about math class. Seven Nation Army is one of the best openers I've heard since Smells Like Teen Spirit from Nirvana's Nevermind. Some of the tracks are a little quiet for my tastes, but they are still wonderful. Ball and Biscuit is a slower, bluesy jam that is so cool. The Hardest Button to Button is another good song as well, equal in emotion to seven nation army. Girl, you have no faith in medicine is yet another fine song from this album. I especially like the use of the word "acetiometaphin" in the song. All in all, from the first track to the last, this is a wonderful album. One last thing, the album was recorded and mixed on vintage four-track equipment, which gives certain songs on the album(actually, all of them) a somewhat retro, garage-rock feel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would've rather given this album 4 and a half stars, but oh well. This album isn't quite a classic, it's more of a "mini-classic". The songwriting is mostly very strong, the playing is delightfully raw and gritty, and, best of all, Jack and Meg are completely different from anything that is popular right now. It's great that an album like this has been very successful, both commercially and critically, given that the current music scene is one of the most pathetic, boring scenes in history. The only drawback to this album is that the band sometimes resorts to the self-conciously heavy feedback explosions, whereas Hendrix used this sort of thing to benefit a specific song, The White Stripes use it more like a "oh, here comes the distorted heavy part" parlour trick. But that is a minor complaint. For those of us who actually want to hear music that doesn't resort to the post-grunge, hip-hop, teen pop, pop-punk, post-hardcore dribble that is being rained upon us by record companies, The White Stripes (and some of their Detroit contempories) are about the only thing we have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually never write or read reviews, but this is one of my favorite albums. It only took one song to make me buy this (Seven Nation Army) and one song is all you need to know if you will really love or hate this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those CD's that makes you want to play air guitar all the way through. It's powerful and loud at times, soothing and calm at others. "Ball and Biscuit" has a country/blues/rock sound that works very well. Fantastic tracks include the opener "Seven Nation Army," "There's No Room for You Here," "I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself," and the last track "It's True That We Love One Another." I just started listening to the CD two nights ago, so it is still fairly new to me. The songs get better and better. "Elephant" is a great buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's music with a perfect beat that you just can't turn down. You never tire of it because each song differs so strongly from the rest that it's surprising! My favorite game is to puzzle over the lyrics, because they're so confusing, but when it all boils down: one of the best albums I've ever owned purely because of the music. I especially enjoyed Black Math, There's No Home for You Here, Ball and a Biscuit, and The Hardest Button to Button. WORTH EVERY CENT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The White Stripes are the new Beatles. Really. No, not really, but they do happen to be the most consistent band of my generation. Four albums so far, and four brilliant ones at that. The White Stripes continue to grow and on "Elephant" they've become sexier, more energetic and, quite simply, better than ever. Sexy, bluesy punk that will make you want to, quite literally, be the amazing glory that is Jack White. You won't be disappointed with "Elephant."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The White Stripes are by far the best blues-rock band to ever be around. Jack is a maniac on guitar and Meg's simplistic drumming is the what makes the White Stripes unique. Their music is great and this CD was not an exception. Plus the fact that Jack is a major cutie is a great bonus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loooooooooove Jack White and his snotty voice and quirky lyrics,people say his music sucks...they must only use 3% of thier sadex cuse of a brain.He actually writes his own songs/music,a re-freshing break from all that smutty rap with wack-o cheap background buzz that they call music,it gives me such a headache.The radio dosen't even play one White Stripe's song,it's being totally taken over by rap and R&B,cheasy pop and tire-some squealing female artists. "Seven Nation Army" is soooooo haunting,and "You've Got Her in Your Pocket" is soooooo sad. "Hardest Button to Button" reminds me of my little brother for some reason,maybe "he had a tooth ache/it souned like an earthquake." I got my little 11-year-old sister to like him too,see my friends?The White Stripes rock.Period.End of review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it's totally kickin'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Combines late and former rock inspirations to create soulful rock sound. Dashes of Ween, Toadies, The Strokes, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul McCartney and the Mama's & the Papa's. Something for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD blew me away. It has so many styles that it's hard to tell what theyre primary style is. From the awesome opener to Well Its True We Love One Another its the best. And I thought White Cells was good. A must for anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great c.d. anything else is good too by them. i can't believe people hate The White Stripes. even in the movie "freaky friday', they dis them. you should buy this c.d. it is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is definitely overrated, and a comparison to the standard of the pixies is simply insane.
Guest More than 1 year ago
awsome cd. as good as "white blood cells". every song exept "you've got her in your pocket" & "in the cold, cold night" are awesome. a definate buyer & the best songs for air guitar (especially "little acorns"). definatly worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Elephant marks a new level of musical maturity for The White Stripes. The album uses the building blocks laid out on White Blood Cells by songs such as "The Same Boy You've Always Known", "Offend In Every Way", "Dead Leaves..." and "Now Mary". This album also showcases both Jack and Meg's abilities as virtuosos on their respective instruments. An example of this is "Ball And Biscuit" a song with a far out 1960's blues feel. Every time you listen to the album you find new things to like about it and you to notice the intricacy of the music. I wish I could say that I had a favorite song on the Album but they're all great. Three songs I'd like to point out are "There's No Home For You Here" an almost operatic piece, "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" penned by B. Bacharach, and "In The Cold, Cold Night" where you hear Meg sing in a sexy and beautiful voice. This is a really great Rock album and I highly recommend the purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST!!!! ABSOLUTE BEST!! IF U LIKE ALTERNATIVE ROCK THIS IS THE BEST SOURCE, GO BUY NOWW!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is okay... i thought it would be a little more 'rockin' like the hardest button to button but it was alittle more country and bluesey dare i say ?!!! but i enjoyed it i guess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No one could possibly compare the White Stripes to any other band. Every song is so diverse from everything else, and the lyrics are sometimes so bizarre it makes you wonder how they came up with it all. I picked this one up the day it came up, and the White Stripes still reign above all on my favorites list (besides the Vines).