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Saturday, April 05, 2003
I learned about the new White Stripes album from Mark (aka Fairly Crass). He said that his friend (Scott Vr)'Tiska deemed it "rawkful". First up, that's a damned excellent word. It shows that the term "rawk" isn't just used by me.

Rawk: 1) noun. A genre of rocknroll that is drenched in attitude and draws heavily on influences of the past, or is drenched in attitude and is an influence from the past. Practitioners include Rocket From The Crypt, The Hives, The Kinks, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, and The White Stripes. 2) adjective. Used to describe something that lies beyond mere "cool" and "hep".

Feel free to add to the definition. It seems like "rawk" is one of those words that, when you use it, or hear it used, you just know what it means.

Secondly, the new album, "Elephant", is indeed rawkful. More cohesive than their previous album, "White Blood Cells". "White Blood Cells" sounded like... well... imagine that there's a big ol' time warp. Now imagine that Creedence consisted entirely of a boy who played guitar and sang and a girl who played the drums. Now, imagine that this new-style CCR listened to nothing but Delta Blues and The Kinks, and then started writing. It kicked ass.

"Elephant" sounds... well, it sounds like The White Stripes. Ain't a damn thing wrong with that. The album is tighter, and, while it doesn't have the inspired cuteness of songs like "Hotel Yorba" and "I Can Tell That We Are Going to Be Friends", it does have the sheer ass-kickery of "Seven Nation Army", "Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine" and "Ball and Biscuit".

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