Elephant (studio album) by The White Stripes

Elephant by The White Stripes
Year: 2003
Overall rank: 113th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 2,105 votes)
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Award Best album of 2003 (1st)
Award Top 20 albums of the 2000s (14th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (113th)
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Elephant is ranked 1st best out of 15 albums by The White Stripes on BestEverAlbums.com.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.6/100, a mean average of 81.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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From 04/17/2024 03:01
Nice guitar tones, nice drums. Bad composer and no bass. Repeat: no bass
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From 08/15/2023 18:23
Classic garage rock with killer guitar riffs. Despite being played to death, Seven Nation Army is still amazing. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself and Ball & Biscuit also very good. Most tracks are enjoyable but it's a few too many filler tracks, stopping it from being an all-time great for me.
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From 05/03/2023 09:11
A cool raw straight up rock and roll album which gets the formula right following some promising albums. Incredible guitar playing mixed with infectious vocal melodies proves to be all that is needed to create a classic.
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From 04/19/2023 12:19
There is some good stuff on here but nothing, except for the opening track, which is truly outstanding which leads to an unsatisfying listen. They can create some great hooks but other than that there isn't really much that separates them from other groups. I think these select few songs which are very good and their infectious hooks and choruses have made them become an over rated duo. This record would be a strong foundation to build upon and improve musically as they did have quite a lot of room to get better but I don't think that was ever realised in the duos career together. Overall, this record gets over hyped especially for the level of quality that is on here which is good but no way near the top 100 albums of all time.
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From 02/25/2023 21:15
Great sound for a two piece. Quite rightly heralded as their best album even though it was commercially pushed. It's the wide musical variety throughout this that makes this stand apart from their other albums. My favorite from them.
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From 08/31/2022 03:43
Solid album
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From 05/05/2022 17:50
Album of the year, 2003
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From 12/04/2021 23:38
A blues guitar god. Pretty good song writer too. Only thing keeping this score down is a limited number of “crank it up” bangers, a la Hardest Button To Button.
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From 11/14/2021 06:38
Seven Nation Army is undeniably awesome. Ball & Biscuit and There’s No Home For You Here are pretty damn good too. But the majority of this album is the most basic rock diddies with little in the way of hooks or memorable bits.

The fact that this is considered “the best album of 2003” on this site when there were so many actually great albums released in 2003 weirds me out. I’m sure when it came out it was so inspiring and influential and all that, but judging the album as the album on its own, no outside context, what is all that special about this one in particular?
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From 10/17/2021 18:44
Nada del otro mundo.
Buen riff el de Seven Nation Army
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Best Albums of 2003
1. Elephant by The White Stripes
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