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Sea Of Cowards
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2013
Gut wrenching, mind-twisting, this music will make your ears bleed! Such a Visceral Experience! This will take you to edge and threaten to push you off. FANTASTIC! Expand your horizons, and BUY THIS!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2010
In banding together to create the Dead Weather, Jack White and Alison Mosshart, of the White Stripes and the Kills fame, have struck gold. Having never heard much of either of thier former bands work, I bought this second offering from rock's biggest supergroup based solely on thier first album 'Horehound' which was never going to be an easy act to follow. But let me tell you, Sea of Cowards easily surpasses it's predecessor by a mile. It grows on the sound they explored in Horehound but cranks the bluesey funk-o-metre up to 11.

It's near impossible to pick one single highlight or standout track with each offering a convincing case. Blue Blood Blues is an excellent opener which flows effortlessly into Hustle and Cuss, a track that sounds like Horehounds "Hang You Up From The Heavens" direct descendant. Third track "The Differnece Between Us" is a synth and guitar infused popfest with Mosshart's vocals soaring in a terribly catchy chorus.

I'm Mad and Die By The Drop are both intensely haunting and gothic. I Can't Hear You slows the tempo right down but this isn't a bad thing as the bluesy feel keeps you hooked. Gasoline and No Horse are two of my favourite tracks with the former being a short burst of shrieking Mosshart vocals and squealing guitar riffs.

Looking at The Invisible Man is a strange track which failed to grow on me which is a shame as for me it is the only low-point of the 35 minute run time. Luckily Jawbreaker is a track made in the same mould as Gasoline and it rocks so hard it might just live up to it's namesake.

Lastly Old Mary is a return to some of The Dead Weather's first album with the tempo being slowed right down and the spooky eerie feeling returning. It's an odd way to finish, but it feels like it fits.

To sum up this album hits the high notes that Horehound failed to and is definetly my favouraite album this year. It fails to grow old on you and I hope this awesome band continue to rock as hard as this in the future.
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on 14 April 2013
Well I'm a big Jack White fan, This is not as good as the second Racounteurs album, but its still a good album, if you like The white Stripes and the Raconteurs you have to get this album too !!
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VINE VOICEon 11 March 2013
Jack White has so many bands and side projects, that arguably if you don't like one of them, there will be another one along in a minute - anyone who thought his most recent solo album was a little bit twee, and perhaps prefers the Raconteurs, should check this out. The aim of this supergroup seems to be to explore the concept of 'noise as music' fairly fully, and for the aforementioned Mr White to give an extensive work out to a couple of particularly dissonant guitar effect pedals. Add in the excellent vocal support of Alison Mosshart, who to my mind has some rather stronger songs to deliver here than on recent releases by her main band The Kills, and overall this is an impressive blend of post-punk and blues
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on 23 February 2013
Although Jack has many little projects onat one time, without a dpubt this is a must have for all fans.
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on 13 February 2013
Pared down rock blues, the way only Jack White knows how to do it. And he surrounds himself with equally talented musicians on this CD.

Enjoy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2010
I bought 'Sea of Cowards' through Amazon a few days before seeing The Dead Weather at The Roundhouse in their post-Glastonbury whistle-stop tour, having loved loved loved the first album 'Horehound'. I just had time to start absorbing the tracks before the live versions blew away any notion of listening to any other band for the following 3 weeks! In Alison Mosshart, Jack White has found his Muse, a perfect foil to fence and interchange with his own lyrical genius, blending and soaring with and above the excellent Fertita/Lawrence musicianship. Here is a band unfettered by the whim of self-important producers, unaffected by their own ego or the homogenous mass of same-sounding turpitude ushered in by 'r&b' factories for the less-discerning ears of the Cowell era. They are all excellent musicians who interchange effortlessly on stage, and therefore in the studio. They just love doing what they do! Alison Mosshart's stage presence when in this guise is jaw-dropping, the near-equal of JW himself. A no-nonsence approach to 'hit hard & then hit again' track sequences seen previously on Raconteurs' albums is again applied here. Sea of Cowards was continuously on play in my car, in the home and on my Creative Zen (accept no substitute)for at least 3 weeks, and I mean continuous. I even tried to get into other albums, I just could not do it - everything else (except Horehound) seemed just luke-warm for the best part of a month. Favourite tracks? All of them have been in turn (with the possible exclusion of Old Mary - but I still recognise its genius), however the enduring favourites now are 'Hustle & Cuss', 'The Difference Between Us', 'Gasoline' (both of which show Mosshart at her very best)and 'Jawbreaker'. Oh and play it loud!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2010
Don't think about it too much. Just buy it. Brilliant brilliant brilliant album. It totally rocks.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2010
Jack White knows how to deliver and with the Dead Weather's second studio creative explosion, the sea of cowards is one of the best sounding/performed/engineered/produced albums in the last decade.
Rarely does an album come where every song blows your mind sends orgasmic tones down your ears.
The bass and drums sound incredible!
Plenty of Moog Little Phatty synthesizer and of course wonderful hammond organ through the Leslie speaker.
This album is 2" 8 track Analog tape and is so phatt on every level. Third Man Studios is the best

Buy this album or the LP, drop the needle on.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2010
In an era where it can take a band sometimes 4 years if not longer to follow up their debut album it comes as a refreshing change that The Dead Weather haven't even waited a year to deliver album number 2 "Sea Of Cowards", yes its just ten short months ago that debut album "horehound" was released. It was originally thought it was just a Jack White and Alison Mosshart(The Kills) collaboration but it soon became clear that Jack Lawerence(The Greenhorns) and Dean Fertita(queens of the stone age) also played a big part in the writing and preforming of Horehound.

So here we are with album number 2 with the same line up intact, and with the only concern is would it be as good as Horehound or would it end up being too rushed! Thankfully it doesn't suffer from any of these things and in many ways outshines Horehound! When the first single Die by the drop was released the minute you heard it you knew it was The Dead Weather with their signature organ opening(think Bone House on Horehound), so the next question would be was their any development in their sound or would they be happy to rest on their laurels and play it safe? Well as we know Jack White doesn't believe in playing it safe. Opener "Blue Blood Blues" proves this as it continues in the fashion of Horehounds I Cut Like A Buffalo which always had a funkier feel and Sea Of Cowards has much more of a funkier feel this time compared to Horehound , the Mosshart/White written "The Difference Between Us" see Mosshart taking over vocal duties and also includes that familiar organ sound. The funk rock of "I'm Mad" is one of the highlights of the album and all four members contribute brilliantly on a track that has a rhythm section sounding like "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin before going in a completely different direction half ways through, it works a treat! No Horse starts off with a big sounding riff before the drums and bass drive the song on with the haunting vocals off Mosshart singing over it. Its great to hear White and Mosshart trade and work off each other and are so alike at times it's unreal, as she the female version of him or vice versa. The album closes out with "Old Mary" which has White deliver a spoken prayer over the start of the song and closes the album in great fashion!

The album clocks in at around the 35 minute mark which is nearly 10 minutes less than "Horehound" and on this album it seems that The Dead Weather are discovering what direction they want to head in which is definitely much more funkier style so album number three should be real interesting, just don't expect it in ten months time as it looks like at the end of the current tour all four members will be returning to their day jobs, Pity that as it sounds like they are only beginning!
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