Elephant (DMD Album)
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Elephant (DMD Album)

July 1, 2008

  Song Title
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
Well It's True That We Love One Another

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2008 Third Man Records, LLC, exclusively licensed to Warner Bros. Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 49:47
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  • ASIN: B001B9BEF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (733 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke don't fix it April 9, 2003
By John
Format:Audio CD
It's the same White Stripes you've always known. Great garage rock mixed with folky acoustic songs. Somewhat odd song titles and somewhat odd lyrics. Still no bass (the "bass" on Seven Nation Army is actually a guitar). And who's complaining? Not a soul.
Despite how similar Elephant is to the rest of the White Stripes catalogue (in a couple instances songs even partially use the exact same chords and melodies as songs from White Blood Cells), it does show continued musical maturation and experimentation. In addition to longer, more creative solos, songs such as Black Math, There's No Home For You Here, and Ball and Biscuit show some changes to the White Stripes sound. Black Math juxtaposes a punk rock chord riff with a more heavy metal sounding guitar (like the acoustic and electric in Now Mary from White Blood Cells). There's No Room For You Here is almost a rewrite of Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground until the music breaks off and there is only feedback and the chorus sung in harmony. Ball and Biscuit contains a classic blues riff repeated over and over, until it bursts into an amazing blistering solo. These songs are different from the normal White Stripes formula (is there such a thing?), and provide even more evidence of Jack White's songwriting skill.
Some fans of the hard garage rock songs may be turned off by the softer, acoustic/piano songs on here. There are three; You've Got Her in Your Pocket, In the Cold, Cold Night, and Well It's True That We Love One Another. Well It's True (a country sing-a-long type song, with Jack, Meg, and Holly singing to each other about Jack's love for Holly) is the worst song on the album, because of it's novelty. The others, however, are good acoustic songs, much like Hotel Yorba from White Blood Cells, although not as great.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same Sound, Same Great Result February 28, 2003
By mark
There are things in life that we just don't want to see change because they're so damn good the way they are. They're comfort food for the soul. The White Stripes are such comfort food for me. Following up the massive breakout record White Blood Cells they've given us another fabulous record that bleeds classic White Stripes sound. . The title, Elephant, was chosen because the animal represents their personalities: regal, innocent, compassionate, and subtle. The musical rules are loosened a bit from the previous record's tight restrictions, but it's hardly anything new, even in the world of Jack and Meg White. IN the end it's still all about guitar and drums, indistinct relationships, and red and white outfits.
Jack's confidence as a songwriter really shows through. It's as Jack has stated an album about the death of the sweethearts (note the dying country lovers the album cover depicts) and, for the most part, the songs center around the ways of love, relationships, commitment and the rules that govern going about them. Nothing too new here, much like a lot of White Blood Cells lyric wise; personal with keeping enough hidden to still be mysterious.
The musical structure is quite familiar, but there's enough "new" elements to satisfy. They're quite comfortable with themselves and their musical formula and they should be because it works quite well. The first single and lead track "Seven Nation Army" kicks in with a false bass groove (guitar w/ pedal effect) and kicks the album to a charging start with the usual charging blues based riffs that have become Jack's trademark. The loud riffing continues on such songs as the building then bombastic "Hardest Button to Button", the crunching "Little Acorns", and the punk, could be hit single "Hypnotize".
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I swear to God, if ONE more person bashes Meg... August 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Listen, I've been a drummer for about 5 years now. And not to sound cocky, but I'm pretty damn good. And I can tell by listening to other drummers if they are good or not. Yes, Meg White's drumbeats are not hard one bit. They are probably the easiest drumbeats ever caught on tape. But that does not mean they are bad. They fit these songs perfectly. Jack has said it himself; if she was trying to be a hotshot drummer like most other drummers, it would not work. She blends perfectly. So shut the hell up, Meg bashers.

Now that I got my little rant out, I can now say that this is one of my favorite albums of all time. I never get sick of this album. I can rock out to this any time I want; in the car, at a party, in my room, etc. This music is completely infectious. From the opening guitar in "Seven Nation Army" to the rather amusing ending to "Well It's True That We Love One Another," I feel hypnotized (no tie-in intended).

Jack White, whether you want to admit it or not, is an amazing guitarist. The things this guy can do never fail to astound me. He has some solos on this disc that are almost Hendrix-worthy. His vocals are also incredibly powerful. He isn't the greatest singer in the world, and he doesn't need to be. Like Meg's drumming, his voice fits this music perfectly. Let's go through the songs, shall we?

"Seven Nation Army" - The perfect opening to this album. A very hypnotic guitar part and some great lyrics. Meg's drums sound incredibly powerful in this one. I personally think it was worth the radio play that it got.

"Black Math" - One of the hardest rockin' songs on this album. The vocals are stinging, and the slight tempo change in the middle is really cool. This is even better when played live.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Jack White
I had the good luck to see The White Stripes perform in 2003 and they put on a great show with a lot of material from this album. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Film Fanatic C
5.0 out of 5 stars The White Stripes
I think that I lost this along the way but nonetheless a good album pre-selected for ages 14-30 years old. I am not leading anyone to this but this was killer.
Published 25 days ago by Johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album!
I listen to this CD all the time in the car and it is awesome that I got a digital copy of all the songs from this album.
Published 1 month ago by Shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack's Opus
This album is the one. This is a culmination of all their years together, a mature and smart album. If your new to the White Stripes this is the album to start with then go... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Danner Day II
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
It arrived fast and it met all the descriptions from the site. It's always in my car and makes a great companion for long car rides.
Published 1 month ago by Oana Stiff
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack White... like I need to say anymore.
This is a great album. Yes, I have heard the songs on it many times before I bought it but... Great feed for my workouts.
Published 1 month ago by P. Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an old style album where every song has its own time to excel.
This is a gotta have album. You probably haven't noticed but every program and ballgame has a piece of this music on it at some point. This is a big favorite of mine.
Published 3 months ago by James E. Houle
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a garage band
The title is in reference to how some others refer to this band. They are a band with garage rock style. But it's done in a very professional way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars please buy this compact disc
i think the reason mainly i loved this purchase was because it takes me back the best song from it is 7 nation army and i would say that as far a this listener is concerned this is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by destry prysiazny
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars isn't enough, I'd give it an eleven
I'm a 52 year old man. I should be listening to grandfather music. But I can't get enough of the White Stripes. It doesn't get any better than Elephant......... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frank Gerry
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