The White Stripes - Elephant - 2003 Blues Indie Rock - Black Vinyl 180 Grm 2LP
The White Stripes - Elephant
Label: Third Man Records
Format: Black Vinyl, Album, 2LP 180 Grm
Tip-On double gatefold jacket, printed inner sleeves, mp3 download card. Sourced from original analog master.
Includes original inner lyric sleeves
Country: US issue
Original Release: 01 Apr 2003
Released: 27 Aug 2013
Style: Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Alternative Rock
A1 Seven Nation Army (3:51)
A2 Black Math (3:03)
A3 There's No Home For You Here (3:43)
B1 I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (2:46)
B2 In The Cold, Cold Night (2:58)
B3 I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart (3:20)
B4 You've Got Her In Your Pocket (3:39)
C1 Ball And Biscuit (7:19)
C2 The Hardest Button To Button (3:32)
C3 Little Acorns (4:09)
Voice, Written-by [Intro] - Mort Crim
D1 Hypnotize (1:48)
D2 The Air Near My Fingers (3:40)
D3 Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine (3:17)
D4 It's True That We Love One Another (2:42)
Vocals - Miss Holly Golightly
Credits: Artwork By - Third Man, The
Artwork By [Layout] - Bruce Brand
Drums - Meg White
Engineer - Liam Watson
Guitar, Piano - Jack White
Mastered By - Noel Summerville
Mixed By - Jack White , Liam Watson
Photography - Patrick Pantano
Producer - Jack White
Recorded By - Liam Watson (tracks: A1 to A3, B2 to D4)
Vocals - Jack White , Meg White
Written-By - Jack White (tracks: A1 to A3, B2 to D4)
Notes: Recorded to eight track reel-to-reel at Toe-Rag Studios, Hackney, London in April 2002, except B1 recorded at the BBC Maida Vale Studios.
Mastered at Transfermation.
The White Stripes are a duo who record all their material on old analog recording equipment and refuse to embrace the digital revolution. The result? An album that sounds warmer and more real than just about anything that has been around in years!
That's no exageration either, as this album just exudes a sound that is sadly being left in the past. There are not multiple takes to get the playing perfect either; all the little imperfections in the playing and singing are left in, so it doesn't have the cold feel that most music has now.
The song are great too, starting with "Seven Nation Army", with a catchy bass line that gets the groove going, and then they just keep coming. Meg duets on "I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself", which wrenches the emotion from the words. "Ball and Biscuit" is my favourite - a kind of 21 century blues that Led Zep would be proud of.
After three albums you wonder exactly what a guitarist and a drummer can do to keep things moving forward whilst maintaining the brilliance of previous efforts. The fact that creatively they have moved forward and musically they have exceeded any hopes I had of their forth album just shows how special The White Stripes really are.
Elephant is quite simply one of the finest records of 2003. As if Jack's heart was actually plugged into the amp it will take on a roller coaster journey that will leave you exhausted at the end. We are taken back to the rawer guitar sound of De Stijl and with a number of tracks like Ball & Biscuit, Black Math and Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine rocking some amazing guitar work you can see that Jack is really having some fun on this record. The Stripes seem to be enjoying their new found fame rather than resenting it and with Elephant you can see how it's paid off. It is such an accomplished album that will be throttling your stereo all summer.
Elephant proves beyond any doubt that The White Stripes are in a league of their own. All the hype and all the praise wouldn't be enough to describe how important this band are to music.
|Format||2LP, Gatefold, 180 Gram|
|Label||Third Man Records|