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Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.111) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"Rolling Stone (4/17/03, p.102) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...There are still only two of them, but now they sound like an army....Equal measure of Lightnin' Hopkins' crude strum, Marc Bolan's sequined boogie and the cut-'n'-thrust song hooks of the Buzzcocks..."Spin (5/03, pp.107-8) - "...A remarkably good record, quite possibly a great record....This is not garage rock; this is art rock: And that's a compliment..." - Grade: AEntertainment Weekly (12/26/03-1/2/04, p.140) - Ranked #1 in Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "Records of the Year"Entertainment Weekly (4/04/03, pp.98-99) - "...Jack is a top-notch frontman, a charismatic yowler with a seemingly endless supply of brilliantly simplistic guitar riffs that often find fresh musical twists on tired rock & roll cliches..." - Rating: BQ (01/01/04, p.84) - Ranked #1 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[A] record that made white-boy blues sound like pop music for the first time in over 30 years..."Uncut (01/04, pp.84-7) - Ranked #23 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003"Uncut (5/03, pp.94-5) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...ELEPHANT features a group at their peak, rejoicing in basic forms while bursting beyond their limitations....They are quite simply in a league of their own..."Magnet (4/03, pp.109-111) - "...It sounds warm and well-aged....At the core is Jack's increasingly stunning songwriting..."CMJ (12/29/03, p.4) - Ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 10 of 2003"CMJ (04/07/03, p.8) - "...With Meg's perfectly imperfect drumming and Jack's Detroit wail excavating Jon Spencer or Plant or Willie Dixon, the divinely sloppy and unadorned ELEPHANT is RAW POWER with a GED..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.67) - Ranked #8 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Emotionally, the needle rarely drops beneath total overload."Mojo (Publisher) (01/01/04, p.62) - Ranked #1 in Mojo's "The Best of 2003"Mojo (Publisher) (4/03, pp.88-90) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Where ELEPHANT differs from what has gone before is in terms of quality. It's just better all round: consistently better songs, more explosive performances - and, when required, more tender performances..."44.38605

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Rolling Stone (p.226) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "If you have a favorite Foghat album or if you can name a single member of Deep Purple, you will love BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS....Expectations were sky high, but the Raconteurs exceed them all."Rolling Stone (p.106) - Ranked #28 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "The Raconteurs are a side project that rocks like a main dish."Spin (p.59) - Ranked #19 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[T]he boys have done Jack White a world of good. Brendan Benson and the Greenhornes are just the kind of journeymen a retro visionary needs..."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[I]t's clear that the Raconteurs are bound by a love of gut-crunching classic-rock riffs....White and Benson trade vocals on most tracks, and obviously enjoy spurring each other on to see who can get the loosest..." -- Grade: B-Q (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- [With] instantly memorable melodies and crunchy riffs....Music that's as elegant as it is raucous. Keeler and Lawrence, a soulful and punchy rhythm section, are the key here."Q (p.124) - Ranked #13 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "Nothing could dent Jack White's second band."Alternative Press (p.202) - "They deliver the straight-ahead rocking tunes...with a one-two punch of scrappy enthusiasm and unmatched musical proficiency."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.49) - "[A] diverse set of tightly-constructed power-pop and, given White's presence, a wild and fevered spirit abounds..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.67) - Ranked #11 in Kerrang's "20 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "Lean, versatile and obscenely entertaining..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is truly a band recording, which perfectly blends Jack's rawness with Brendan's sweetness, all of it toughened up by the aggressive underpinning of the Greenhorne duo."44.38605

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