Album: Elephant

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Elephant

Artist: The White Stripes
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Label: V2

Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes’ British album, Elephant is scattered with cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from home. Just listen to the lyrics on “Seven Nation Army” (“From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell”) or the album outro, in which someone chips in, “Jolly good, cup of tea?” But while there are new twists here, from Meg White discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure for Jack and Meg White. They still push their creativity (and…

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Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes’ British album, Elephant is scattered with cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from home. Just listen to the lyrics on “Seven Nation Army” (“From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell”) or the album outro, in which someone chips in, “Jolly good, cup of tea?” But while there are new twists here, from Meg White discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure for Jack and Meg White. They still push their creativity (and the boundaries of their eight-track) to new heights. Check out the startling, Queen-inspired “There’s No Home for You Here,” while the deep bass line on “Seven Nation Army” makes it a classic indie dance track. But while some songs fly off into new realms, there’s plenty of their trademark straight-up bluesy rock, notably the overtly sexual “Ball and Biscuit.” And there’s Jack’s plaintive, resolutely modest and yet theatrical voice. —Caroline Butler

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