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  • Audio CD (July 15 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B001AP11L6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (630 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A defining event in the garage rock revival, this 2003 album earned platinum and shot to #6 U.S. and #1 U.K. Winning Grammys for Best Alternative Music Album and for Best Rock Song for the #1 Modern Rock 'Seven Nation Army,' Rolling Stone called the album 'a work of pulverizing perfection.' Also on the Modern Rock chart, 'The Hardest Button To Button' reached #8 and 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' Top 25.

Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes' British album, Elephant is scattered with cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from home. Just listen to the lyrics on "Seven Nation Army" ("From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell") or the album outro, in which someone chips in, "Jolly good, cup of tea?" But while there are new twists here, from Meg White discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure for Jack and Meg White. They still push their creativity (and the boundaries of their eight-track) to new heights. Check out the startling, Queen-inspired "There's No Home for You Here." while the deep bass line on "Seven Nation Army" makes it a classic indie dance track. But while some songs fly off into new realms, there's plenty of their trademark straight-up ! bluesy rock, notably the overtly sexual "Ball and Biscuit." And there's Jack's plaintive, resolutely modest and yet theatrical voice. --Caroline Butler --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By back to wax on March 19 2014
Format: LP Record
A very good effort that has a "good mix " on vinyl, but an extremely noisy pressing. I emailed Third Man records, they were very nice and very accommodating, but they admitted that it is on all these pressings.

I'm surprised a vinyl aficionado like Jack White would let this happen. I'm listening to Neil Young's Live at the Cellar Door and it is bone quiet. As always with re-pressings, do your research!
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Format: Audio CD
When I heard Seven Nation Army on the radio, I was amazed, it was one of the only things I had heard all day that was worth listening to. I very much dislike modern music, most of it is done by talentless, repetitive, lame-asses, who don't write they're own music. But the White Stripes are reason for celebration, all their CD's are very good, but Elephant is the most impressive. They have a very distinct sound similar to that of Led Zeppelin (especially Jack White's voice and guitar style), and unlike many other CD's that have only a few good songs and then a lot of fillers, this CD is listenable the WHOLE WAY THROUGH, a very nice change from the norm. Not a single track sounds like another, each is unique. I feel satisfied after listening to Elephant, and I have heard it more than 20 times in a couple weeks. When its done, you are not left wanting more, but in a good way :)
Seven Nation Army - 10/10 Infectious beat, great guitar and an awesome beat.
Black Math - 10/10 One of my favorite tracks, rocks very hard, I love the guitar work in all of these songs, but this in particular.
There's No Room For You Here - 10/10 Cool, very good guitar. Kinda funny lyrics
I Don't Know What To Do With Myself - 10/10 A real thrasher. Rocks REALLY hard near the end
In The Cold Cold Night - 10/10 One of the more plesent tracks, nice lyrics and good to hear Meg singing. Quite refreshing
I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart - 10/10 More mellow, kinda like a masculine version of In The Cold Cold Night. This, In Your Pocket, and Cold Cold are the three chillin' middle tracks.
You've Got Here In Your Pocket - 10/10 Great lyrics, nice acoustic guitar, now is where the CD eases out of the mellow middle part.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD. All within this one little record they certainly pack a big punch and channel the Beatles ("The Air beneath my fingers"), vintage blues ("ball and biscuit"), the Velvet Underground's Mo Tucker ("in the cold, cold night") while still keeping everything completely original. Truly the White Stripes are like no other band-- sure, you can call them gimmicky and simple-- but that's what makes them so unique and sets them apart from all the other over-produced, filtered-through Kurt Cobain wannabes on MTV.
I really feel like I must address this whole "they can't play their instruments" thing. First of all, sure there are kids in my high school who are 12 years younger than Jack and amazing guitar players. Sure, someone can say they could kick Meg's ass on drums-- but the difference is, the White Stripes have put out four albums, written many many original songs, brought back rock'n'roll in radio's time of need, and realized what is most important-- creating something raw, with energy and feeling, no matter how "minimal" it is. I think Meg is a great drummer, and that's because she knows exactly what to put into the song. So what if she plays simple beats? I truly don't think some fancy guy who could play a million drum fills would complement Jack's guitar playing and singing as well as Meg does. I even read an interview with Jack and he said that he's tried playing with other drummers and it just doesn't sound right. I think that the White Stripes deserve all the attention and certainly all the "hype"... they are talented musicians because they realize what makes rock'n'roll music truly GOOD.
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Format: Audio CD
Many people yet to listen to Elephant may believe that the claim of this album being one of the best ever made may be ridiculous or even just plain ignorant. You must listen to this album. The White Stripes made three very good stripped down garage rock records prior to Elephant but this is BY FAR the best yet. Every song will surprise you because they range from blues to country to punk to straight up Led Zeppelin rock. AMAZING! That is the only word that can sum up the first note of Seven Nation Army to the very last note of the closing track, It's True That We Love One Another. Jack White even pulls off amazing solos wich sound like the electricity is actually flowing through his fingers. The really cool thing is that the White Stripes recorded the whole thing without computers and using only back-to-basics equipment. Some skeptics point out the fact that Meg White's drumming is minimalistic which is true. However this never seems to dawn on you while listening to Elephant because the songs are just too good. In fact the simplicity mixed with the great influences of Jack White as well as his knowledge of music and sheer talent are what makes the record so great and at times so beautiful. The White Stripes are the closest thing my generation has to a legendary band such as Led Zeppelin. I realize that many people need to develope a liking to this band because of the complete junk we are used to and are fed by MTV and others. Don't miss out on this album and this band. I purchased this album in April of 2003 and I am still listening to it regularly now in the summer of 2004. Great songs. Great album. Great band. Elephant is not an album, it is a work of art.
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