Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

The White Stripes: Elephant

Elephant (2003) by The White Stripes was the album where I finally became a fan.

I had been briefly on the fence after seeing a live performance on some MTV awards ceremony, but with Elephant, all the stars were suddenly aligned and I understood what Jack and Meg White were doing.

What they were doing was a pretty brilliant deconstruction of rock and roll, and their primitive recording techniques gave them a sound that was strangely familiar and yet strangely out of place in the digital world.

Being a rebellious spirit myself, I decided that the music world needed what they were doing.

Elephant leads off with the wonderful Seven Nation Army and proceeds to lay out song after song of Jack White’s clever and quirky style.

Some of the ones that I like the most are In The Cold, Cold Night (with Meg on lead vocals), Black Math, The Hardest Button To Button, and Well It’s True That We Love One Another.

I’m not always in the mood for The White Stripes and that is something that makes me like them even more. It’s a sound that calls out from time to time and is perfect for just that special occasion.

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