Elephant

~ Release group by The White Stripes

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
ElephantCD16
  • JP2003-03-19
V2 Records JapanV2CP 1504520227000349
Elephant2×12" Vinyl7 + 7
  • GB2003-03-31
XL RecordingsXLLP 1620634904016210
ElephantCD14
  • GB2003-03-31
XL RecordingsXLCD 162634904016227
ElephantDigital Media14
  • XW2003-03-31
XL Recordings634904016227
ElephantCD14
  • CA2003-04-01
Third Man Records, V2 Records63881-27148-2638812714824
Elephant2×12" Vinyl7 + 7
  • US2003-04-01
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)63881-27148-1638812714817
ElephantCD14
  • US2003-04-01
Sheridan Square Records63881-27148-2638812714824
ElephantCD14
  • US2003-04-01
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)63881-27148-2638812714824
ElephantCD14
XL Recordings, Remote Control, Third Man RecordsXLCD 162634904016227
ElephantCD14
Sheer Music (South African record label)SMBCD 166001212009434
Elephant (Matrix: SonoPress 50678612/XLCD162-NEW 01)CD14
XL RecordingsXLCD 162634904016227
Elephant (Special Asian Edition)CD + VCD14 + 2
  • HK2004-05-03
V2 (imprint of V2 Music Ltd. and its international subsidiaries)VVR10274528887532002595
ElephantCD14
  • US2008-07-01
Third Man Records, Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)512138-2093624984290
Elephant2×12" Vinyl7 + 7
  • -2013
Third Man RecordsTMR200[none]
Elephant (2021 remaster, 24bit/192kHz)Digital Media14
  • XW2021-06-25
Third Man Records886448799009

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Custom Elephant Singles Box
part of:Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: pub_2011-07-18 (number: 5) (order: 5)
Grammy Award: Best Alternative Music Album nominees (number: 2004 winner) (order: 14)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 45) (order: 45)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition) (order: 99)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 390) (order: 390)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 390) (order: 390)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 449) (order: 449)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/10341 [info]
reviews:http://www.laut.de/lautstark/cd-reviews/w/white_stripes/elephant/index.htm [info]
http://www.metacritic.com/music/elephant/the-white-stripes [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/qfxm [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/39476 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_white_stripes/elephant/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000022228 [info]
Wikidata:Q580496 [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.