Stripped down, bluesy, rockabilly soul is everything you would expect from the cryptic duo featuring Jack and Meg White. So let’s talk about the literal elephant in the room, the White Stripes fourth album, Grammy winner, and chart topper.
The dynamic duo decided that it was time to take things back to the basics and focus on nothing but the music. Veering from modern technology, the equipment used in making the album pre dated 1963 and included an eight track tape machine, providing the duo with the same gritty and grimey sound that rocketed the classics to stardom (Fricke).
While the White Stripes had already become a very notable name in music it was Elephant that introduced them to a world outside of rock. This album had fans pouring in from every genre of music, many who were immediately entranced by the opening track “Seven Nation Army”. With a hypnotic video style, and the classic red and white theme we have come to love, anyone who heard the song couldn’t help but fall into the groove. The thirteen songs following “Seven Nation Army” were designed to take fans on a roller coaster of emotions and sounds as the next is completely different from the last. Every song becomes a story but they are all told in a different way.
Another popular track is number five on the album known as “In The Cold, Cold Night” , as we anticipate Jack’s voice to cut through the strumming of a guitar it is rather surprising to hear Meg slide into the spotlight. For so long Meg’s only voice has been the beat of a drum but the effortless honesty carried in her tone fit the song perfectly. For the times when soft and emotional don’t hit the spot you can turn to the classically attuned anthem “Ball and Biscuit” , with a little less vocals but just enough guitar to make up for it. “Ball and Biscuit” screams classic rock, heavy guitar, long hair, and all the passion of the late 60’s that we have missed so much.
One of the more peculiar songs of the album is “Little Acorns” (Fun fact: Every White Stripes album has a song title with the word little in it) as the introduction is a spoken story of a woman named Janet who got a divorce, lost her father, and her job. Jack’s voice follows the nostalgic speaker as he tells us exactly how to handle our problems, to “rip em’ apart” .
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more interesting the duo surprises us once more with “Well It’s True That We Love One Another” , or should I say trio? This song features singer Holly Golightly. Many often question the song because it touches on the relationships between the artist, because frankly we don’t quite understand what it is, and we most likely never will.
In a world of people looking for the next best thing the White Stripes found it by taking a look into the past. Going back to the basics brought us some of the most monumental and known songs in history.
Review by Tiffani Acrey