The White Stripes – Elephant


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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A1. Seven Nation Army
A2. Black Math
A3. There’s No Home For You Here

B1. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
B2. In The Cold, Cold Night
B3. I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother’s Heart
B4. You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket

C1. Ball And Biscuit
C2. The Hardest Button To Button
C3. Little Acorns

D1. Hypnotize
D2. The Air Near My Fingers
D3. Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
D4. It’s True That We Love One Another

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