14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The artful minimalism of the White Stripes reaches a new plateau of excellence on 2003's Elephant. With three albums behind them, Meg and Jack White add fresh twists to their roots-rock revisions without compromising their endearing eccentricities. Jack's ability to fuse wildly different styles is in dazzling form here—his brawny guitar licks and gospel-tinged piano harken back to classic British rock, while his sly songwriting quotes everyone from Muddy Waters to the Carter Family. Elephant features his strongest work yet—the jittery menace of 'Seven Nation Army" and the sexual braggadocio of "Ball and Biscuit" match nicely with the misty-eyed tenderness of "You've Got Her in Your Pocket" and adolescent angst of "The Air Near My Fingers". Meg also steps out from behind her drums to deliver a winsome vocal on "In the Cold, Cold Night". At times wickedly funny, at others surprisingly touching, Elephant captures the White Stripes at their playfully primitive best.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The artful minimalism of the White Stripes reaches a new plateau of excellence on 2003's Elephant. With three albums behind them, Meg and Jack White add fresh twists to their roots-rock revisions without compromising their endearing eccentricities. Jack's ability to fuse wildly different styles is in dazzling form here—his brawny guitar licks and gospel-tinged piano harken back to classic British rock, while his sly songwriting quotes everyone from Muddy Waters to the Carter Family. Elephant features his strongest work yet—the jittery menace of 'Seven Nation Army" and the sexual braggadocio of "Ball and Biscuit" match nicely with the misty-eyed tenderness of "You've Got Her in Your Pocket" and adolescent angst of "The Air Near My Fingers". Meg also steps out from behind her drums to deliver a winsome vocal on "In the Cold, Cold Night". At times wickedly funny, at others surprisingly touching, Elephant captures the White Stripes at their playfully primitive best.

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