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Elephant (album) by The White Stripes

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Elephant
Elephant by The White Stripes (2003)
Overall rank: 73rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 1,816 votes)
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Accolades: Award Best album of 2003 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 2000s (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (73rd)

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Elephant is ranked as the best album by The White Stripes.

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From Jhlffc
Seven Nation Army is by far the most iconic riff of the decade, and one of the greatest of all time. The rest of the album is also pretty good
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From Montpejo
Standouts: Ball And Biscuit, The Hardest Button To Button

Worst: I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart, You've Got Her In Your Pocket, In The Cold, Cold Night
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From Rivera
One of those albums that makes me wish I'd learned to play guitar. Sounds like Jack had one hell of a time putting this together.
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I didn't expected this album be so good
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From corenfro
I hate to be the guy who isn't super enthusiastic about an album that is so unanimously praised - and this is good music, but it's not even the best of this year let alone a top 10 for this decade.

It's pretty stylistically monotonous and the guitar work isn't as spectacular as I'd expect from everything I've read - more often than not it's really just power chords and various notes here and there. The songwriting is good often great but not groundbreaking or spectacular. It's really just recycling blues rock sounds from the 60's and 70's but not much was done to modernize it or add anything. Saying it's punk is generous if anything there's a bit of pop-punk influence sprinkled here and there. (To be fair I hate punk, don't really get it, and think it's awful - but the slight punk influences didn't realy detract from my enjoyment of this record in any substantial capacity)

There are some good songs here even though I cannot stand seven nation army. Jack is talented and well studied. I keep revisiting this every couple years thinking at some point it will click and I'll have an "aha" moment but haven't yet. To me the throwback sound, while interesting, is more gimmicky than profound to my ears and there's nothing else that really compensates for that and I can't get past it being a good - not great record.
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Pretty good stuff, glad I finally listened to it. I need to listen to more of their albums.
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Elephant has a lot of surface level charm but fails to sustain itself as the album goes on.
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A masterpiece
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From Ashmark
From loud guitar riffs to the cute little ditty at the end, this is a fun album to listen to. Jack White is a unique artist creating intriguing and diverse music. This is marginally the best White Stripes album.
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