The White Stripes - Elephant
NME.COM feature on The White Stripes - Elephant album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 22 April 2003
For one who talks so much about honesty, Jack White is a difficult man to trust. When last we hear him on 'Elephant', he is hanging out on what sounds like Lee Hazlewood's porch, but is actually Toerag Studios in Hackney, engaged in a giggly menage a trois with Holly Golightly and his beloved sister Meg. Holly is pushy, loving Jack "like a little brother". Meg opines,...
- Mar 7, 2003
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- Seven Nation Army
- Black Math
- There's No Home for You Here
- I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself
- In the Cold, Cold Night
- I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother's Heart
- You've Got Her in Your Pocket
- Ball and Biscuit
- The Hardest Button to Button
- Little Acorns
- The Air Near My Fingers
- Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine
- It's True That We Love One Another
The duo's new DVD and live album makes you realise how much you miss them
- Mar 12, 2010
Another Way To Die
- Oct 3, 2008
- Jan 14, 2008
Double LP will be released to celebrate 10th anniversary of 'Elephant'
'Lullaby Renditions Of The White Stripes' will be released on May 6
Releases by Foals and The Black Keys also announced
The White Stripes - Elephant: Wikipedia Album Entry
"Elephant is the fourth album by the American alternative rock band The White Stripes. Released on April 1, 2003 on V2 Records, the album marks the band's major label debut. Despite this change, Heather Phares of Allmusic believed the album "sounds even more pissed-off, paranoid, and stunning than its predecessor…Darker and more difficult than White Blood Cells." The record garnered much critical acclaim upon its release, and went on to win a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2004.
Elephant" is a strong, deep album showcasing Jack White at the top of his game. He rocks every guitar style that he tries including blues and slide guitar and even does a great job on a Burt Bacharach cover. It's just one more example of Detroit's enduring musical legacy.
Elephant was recorded in two weeks during 2002 in London's Toe Rag Studios. Jack White produced the album with antiquated equipment, including an eight-track tape machine and pre-1960s recording gear.
The album has been released with at least six different versions of the front cover—different covers for the CD and LP editions in the US, the UK and elsewhere. To give an example, on the US CD edition Meg White is sitting on the left of a circus travel trunk and Jack is sitting on the right holding a cricket bat over the ground, while on the UK CD edition the cricket bat touches the ground and the image is mirrored so that their positions on the amplifier are reversed. The cryptic symbolism of the album art includes a skull sitting on the floor in the background, as well as peanuts and peanut shells in the foreground, and on the circus travel trunk appears the mark "III," Jack White's signature. Jack White is also displaying a mano cornuta, while Meg White appears to be barefoot and crying, with a rope tied around her ankle and leading out of frame. Both have small white ribbons tied to their fingers.
In an interview with Q Magazine in 2007, Jack White said, "If you study the picture carefully, Meg and I are elephant ears in a head-on elephant. But it's a side view of an elephant, too, with the tusks leading off either side." He went on to say, "I wanted people to be staring at this album cover and then maybe two years later, having stared at it for the 500th time, to say, 'Hey, it's an elephant!'"
The White Stripes were gaining momentum with their previous three albums and were generally lauded in critical circles. Upon its release, critical response to this album was overwhelmingly positive, and many critics hailed it as the one of the defining events of the 2000s garage rock revival. Uncut magazine remarked that "Elephant is where the tabloid phenomenon of summer 2001 prove they are no flash in the pan by making a truly phenomenal record." David Fricke (with Rolling Stone) called it "a work of pulverizing perfection," adding, "It will be one of the best things you hear all year." and Allmusic said the album "overflows with quality". Critics also commented on the development of the band. NME noted that "The eloquence, barbarism, tenderness and sweat-drenched vitality of Elephant make it the most fully-realised White Stripes album yet." PopMatters said the album cemented "their evolution from Blind Willie McTell cover band with a pop sensibility to full-fledged, honest-to-goodness rock 'n' roll gods." The album enjoys a metacritic rating of 92. Negative critique, though rare, was centered around the "gimmicks" that surround the music, most notably, the White Stripes' insistence on being called siblings. "So maybe it's time to drop the enigmatic charade," Lorraine Ali (with Newsweek) pleaded, although she concluded, "Elephant still sounds great."
The album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and reached number six on the Billboard 200 in the US. The album won Grammys for Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Song ("Seven Nation Army"). In 2003, the album was ranked number 390 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was also placed thirty-ninth in Channel 4's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of all time. In December 2003, NME made it their Album of the Year.
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I'm gonna fight 'em off
A seven nation army couldn't hold me back
They're gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back
Girl, you have no faith in medicine.
Oh Girl you have no faith in medicine.
Acetaminophen, You see the medicine oh girl
My life is so boring
It's really got me snoring
and I'm wearing out the flooring in a cheap motel
But I don't have to work
I want to hypnotize you baby
On the telephone
So many times I called your house
Just to hear the tone
Take all your problems
And rip 'em apart
Oh Oh Oh
Carry them off
We started living in an old house
My ma gave birth and we were checking it out
It was a baby boy, so we bought him a toy
It was a ray gun and it was 1981
It's quite possible that I'm your third man girl
But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son
No doubt about it
You've got her in your pocket
And there's no way out now
Put it in the safe and lock it 'cause it's home sweet home
Album: Elephant I want to be the boy that warms your mother's heart I'm so scared to take you away I tried to win her over right from the start But something always got in the way We've been sitting in your backyard for hours While my mother baked a little cake for you But she won't even come out and say hi And even dreaded when you said goodbye What kind of joke should I lay on her now? What kind of cartwheels do I have to pull? Just to make her notice that I'm around I'm inclined to go finish high school Well nothing I come up with seems to work It feels like everything I say is a lie I'm afraid to even open my eyes And never have a felt like such a jerk Because I really don't want her to judge me And then, and only then she will love me I want to her really know who I am Well at least that was the plan If ever a boy needed a holiday If ever a girl needed someone to hold I just hope I don't act the same way By the time that I get old I never said I was the heir to a fortune I never claimed to have any looks But these kind of things must be important Because somebody ripped out my page In your telephone book I want to warm her heart
I saw you standing in the corner
On the edge of a burning light
I saw you standing in the corner
Come to me again in the cold cold night
I just don't know what to do with myself
I don't know what to do with myself
Planning everything for two, doing everything with you
And now that we're through, I just don't know what to do
There's no home for you here girl, go away
There's no home for you here
I'd like to think that all of this constant interaction
Album: Elephant My fingers definately turning to black now Maybe I'll put my live on ice Don't you think that I'm bound to react now? My books are sitting at the top of the stack now And teach myself, maybe that'll be nice The longer words are really breaking my back now Maybe I'll learn to understand Drawing a square with a pencil in hand Mathematically turning the page Unequivocally showing my age I'm practically center stage Maybe I'll put my live on ice And teach myself, maybe that'll be nice Undeniably earning your wage Is it the fingers, or the brain Listen master can I ask you a question that you're teaching this lesson? Maybe I'll put my live on ice And teach myself, maybe that'll be nice
Well it's true that we love one another
I love Jack White like a little brother
Well Holly I love you too but there's just so much that I don't know about you