Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

Elephant by The White Stripes

Jack White has always had the audacity of a great rock star, but Elephant is his (and drummer ex-wife Meg's) first great rock album. The pure pounding of "Seven Nation Army," the surprising tenderness of "You've Got Her In Your Pocket" and the goofy vamping of Meg's vocal debut on "In The Cold, Cold Night" are all fueled by a fairly undemanding worldview: love is good! But clinging to their ideological minimalism, a single guitar and a rickety drum-kit, Jack and Meg prove that with very little you can make people feel a whole lot.

Best Tracks: "Seven Nation Army," "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself," "Ball and Biscuit"