Acclaimed Albums – White Blood Cells & Elephant by The White Stripes

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
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Title: White Blood Cells
Artist: The White Stripes
Year: 2001
Title: Elephant
Artist: The White Stripes
Year: 2003
Position: #86

I’ve been meaning to do a White Stripes double bill for about a year now. I got it into my head that I wanted to evenly spread out my listening across the years so I wasn’t just left with a bunch of old albums I would procrastinate my way out of. Then I had a thought, it’s probably a good idea get through all the albums I already know.

So here we are, a White Stripes double bill.

Like with a lot of bands it was the 1001 Albums book that finally got me to listen to them. However, it was Get Behind Me Satan that really grabbed me. The likes of ‘Blue Orchid’, ‘Little Ghost’ and ‘My Doorbell’ acted as a great introduction. I then started working my way backwards through the discography.

Elephant is a great album. I mean, it was one of those albums that was pretty much iconic from the word go. Pretty much everyone’s ears prick up with ‘Seven Nation Army’ comes on. Being the contrarian I am, my favourite song on Elephant (and my favourite White Stripes song) is ‘The Air Near My Fingers’. It’s just so, for the lack of a better word, sexy.

Now, I never got White Blood Cells. It’s one of those albums that I think is good and that is about it. ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ is excellent, but the rest of the album kinda melds into one inside of my brain whenever I listen to it. I guess that’s the reason that I got into Get Behind Me Satan instead of White Blood Cells, it just feels a lot more varied.


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