The White Stripes “Elephant” (2003)

October 27, 2011

Elephant by the now-much-missed The White Stripes is a game-changing album that brought millions of youngsters into blues, accelerated the band’s career and now is quite deservedly hailed as one of the best LPs of the last decade. And it has Seven Nation Army (is there anybody who has not heard it?). It’s not my favourite record by Jack & Meg but it’s still a great antidote to all J.Los and their vulgar electronic crap. We all know that Jack is a superb lyricist, singer and guitar player but it’s worth to listen to Meg singing on the fantastic In the Cold, Cold Night. And her drumming is raw and mad as hell. Other highlights include The Hardest Button to Button (better known for its video by Michel Gondry) and Well It’s True That We Love One Another with guest vocals by Holly Golightly. Elephant has also great artwork (as all The White Stripes’ releases), the three colours limitation is its asset. And don’t tell me you can’t see the title mammal on the cover.

hydrameter: 3/5

Key Tracks: In the Cold, Cold Night, Seven Nation Army, The Hardest Button to Button, Well It’s True That We Love One Another

Watch Seven Nation Army: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J2QdDbelmY&ob=av2n

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