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Revisiting The White Stripes

I love listening to all kinds of music, and taking a wild gander, I’m guessing so does the majority of people; however, there are some days where seemingly no genre, artist, or song sounds appealing. I’ll skip every track on my playlists, and God forbid I try to listen to something new. There is, however, one band I can always depend on to be in the mood for. Everyone has their go-to group/artist that they listen to when all other options have been exhausted. To some, it’s a band like Fleetwood Mac, to others it’s JBiebs (no shame). Call it the foundation of my musical tastes, but that band, for me, is The White Stripes. Coming up on the 13th anniversary of its release (March 19th), their fourth album, Elephant, received critical acclaim and racked in two Grammys in 2003 along with numerous other awards and nominations. Considered the band’s best record, I could probably write about every song on the album, but that would just result in a reiteration of how great everything is. So here are just a few of my favorites from Elephant, and if you haven’t listened to the full album, I highly recommend it!

(I’m sure my ~approval~ carries no weight on anyone’s musical interests, but I’m still gonna give it regardless)


“Seven Nation Army”

There’s no escaping this all too familiar song. If you haven’t “discovered” it whilst playing Guitar Hero or Rock Band, chances are you’ve heard this title track featured in shows (Degrassi: The Next Generation) or sporting events (read: any European football event). It has become an anthem of sorts and even if you didn’t realize who sang it, like the Yahoo user below, the tune is too catchy to not stick in your head.


Listen to this when you want to feel undefeatable. And if you’re looking for a tune to daydream to, this song will automatically conjure up images of yourself in a montage-like sequence of events becoming stronger in some fashion (the ~power~ of music).


“Well It’s True That We Love One Another”

If you enjoy blues-y tracks with artists speak-singing to each other, you’ll love this short melody. Featuring Holly Golightly and vocals by Meg White, its minimal use of instruments make the song sound like you’re around a campfire with friends (The White Stripes are your friends!!), and someone brought along the guitar.

Listen to this song when you’re feeling happy nostalgic about the good ole days or you want to feel mellow. (Note: this is not a track you want to listen to before turning up at The Boot. You will turn down.)




For full album listening, you can watch this video playlist. There’s a reason why Elephant was hailed as one of the best albums of the decade, so go forth and listen!!


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