The White Stripes
darker & more difficult than 'white blood cells', 'elephant' explored disillusionment & rejection with razor-sharp focus.
tight songwriting, sharp, witty lyrics, & judiciously used basses & tumbling keyboard melodies enhance the band's powerful simplicity. chip-on-the-shoulder anthems like the breathtaking opener, "seven nation army," which is driven by meg white's explosively minimal drumming, & "the hardest button to button" deliver some of the fiercest blues-punk of the white stripes' career. "there's no home for you here" sets a girl's walking papers to a melody reminiscent of "dead leaves & the dirty ground" (though the result is more sequel than rehash), driving the point home with a wall of layered, queen-ly harmonies & piercing guitars, while the inspired version of "i just don't know what to do with myself" goes from plaintive to angry in just over a minute, though the charging guitars at the end sound perversely triumphant.