Elephant

~ Release group by The White Stripes

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Elephant CD 16 V2 Records Japan V2CP 150 4520227000349
Elephant 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 XL Recordings XLLP 162 0634904016210
Elephant CD 14 XL Recordings XLCD 162 634904016227
Elephant Digital Media 14 XL Recordings 634904016227
Elephant 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries) 63881-27148-1 638812714817
Elephant CD 14 V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries) 63881-27148-2 638812714824
Elephant CD 14 Sheridan Square Records 63881-27148-2 638812714824
Elephant CD 14 XL Recordings XLCD 162 634904016227
Elephant (Matrix: SonoPress 50678612/XLCD162-NEW 01) CD 14 XL Recordings XLCD 162 634904016227
Elephant (Special Asian Edition) CD + VCD 14 + 2 V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries) VVR1027452 8887532002595
Elephant CD 14 Third Man Records, Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 512138-2 093624984290
Elephant 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 Third Man Records TMR200 [none]

Relationships

part of: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 390)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000022228 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/10341 [info]
Wikidata: Q580496 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Elephant (album) [info]
other databases: http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/39476 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_white_stripes/elephant/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/qfxm [info]
http://www.laut.de/lautstark/cd-reviews/w/white_stripes/elephant/index.htm [info]
http://www.metacritic.com/music/elephant/the-white-stripes [info]

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Band of the moment, the saviours of rock'n'roll... something to write about in an age of musical mediocrity?

The White Stripes can be seen as all of the above. The hype around the release of this fourth album has gone on and on, the critics' saliva abundant. Finally it's here. Can it really change the course of mankind as we know it? Let's see.

The music is mainly some sort of blues-derived rock; gentle some of the time and very loud and explosive most of the time. There's a great cover of Bacharach's I Dont Know What to Do With Myself, moments of intense punk rock (Hypnotise) and a comedy ballad at the end. You're not going to get bored.

The album was recorded in east London and Jack White's holding a cricket bat on the cover, so maybe it's not surprising that a lot of the album sounds very English.

The heavy riffs here are just so early Led Zeppelin. Quite often Jim even sings like an Englishman pretending to be an America, and on In the Cold, Cold Night Meg speaks and (unlike her drumming) comes across all fey and, well, sort of pre-Raphaelite in a down-town Motor City kind of way.

And it's all so divinely confident, so sexy. In that sense it is better than the first three albums (which weren't exactly meek). Whatever they say in public, this is a band which loves been loved, almost as much as it loves making music - and the pair like that quite a lot.

At the centre of the musical drama lies the relationship between Jack and Meg, Jack likes to strut and shout, proclaiming that he is the seventh son, but he's dancing to the lady's beat. (Quite literally.) If it's true that the pair used to go out together, rather than being brother and sister as they once claimed, splitting up has never sounded so good.

What else can one say in their favour? They don't take drugs and they don't do yoga; they even seem to like themselves for what they are. Strange, camp blues-rock might just be able to save the world; all we need to do is believe.