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The Dead Weather – Horehound

Now I like Jack White as much as the next guy but c’mon a third band? It’s almost like he’s just trying to rub it in our faces that he’s a big rock star and that he can basically do whatever the hell he wants. Now taking on drum duties, along with some occasional vocals, guitar and of course producing duties, let’s get to know the other members of his latest supergroup first.

First is Alison Mosshart (Who’s also featured on the album cover) of The Kills who takes on the front-man or should I say front-woman role with most of the lead vocals and guitar. I’d actually heard The Kills last album Midnight Boom which had kind of a catchy lo-fi charm to it and although Mosshart may not be the most gifted vocalist, she easily makes up for it with personality and all out energy. Next is multi instrumentalist Dean Fertita (primarily the guitarist of the group I believe) who’s probably best known as the keyboard player for The Queens of the Stone Age and as a touring member of The Raconteurs (I saw him play with them live at The Moore). Finally is bassist Jack Lawrence, the bassist for The Raconteurs and rock trio The Greenhornes… Whatever happened to them I have no idea. So all in all a well blended group of musicians.

Now I was basically ready to trash this album before it even came out. I figured “Why should I care about Jack White’s table scraps?” But even though you can definitely hear his influence, he’s really just another member of the band. As a matter of fact, Alison Mosshart wrote the bulk of the album and the result is a nice n’ raw collection of bluesy garage rock. I love all the blaring vintage organs, crunchy over-distorted guitars and intense percussion. Lead off single “Hang You from the Heavens” is an early standout with “Treat Me Like Your Mother” close behind, followed by plenty of other some hard rockin’ tracks.

The Dead Weather may not be as catchy as The Raconteurs or as interesting as The White Stripes and there really isn’t any “great” songs here but it finds a mildly compelling mid-ground and should satisfy most Jack White fans. It’s not a very accessible album and kind of fizzles out around the last three tracks but for the majority of the album it’s a fairly enjoyable ride.

Favorite Tracks: “Hang You from the Heavens”, “I Cut Like a Buffalo”, “Treat Me Like Your Mother”


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