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Melting Pot of Brooding Synth and Screaming Blues,
This review is from: Sea Of Cowards (Audio CD)
The Dead Weather's follow up to last years Horehound sees them explore further the dark gothic canvases of human existance. The style of the Dead Weather's work is drenched in heavy hitting rock and gothic blues. Blue Blood Blues is the opener, a powerful blues blast that sees Jack White on vocals proclaiming white girls tripping when singing sunday service. Hustle and Cuss is the sibling of I Cut Like Buffalo with heavy grooves of hammond organ and guitar working side by side which kicks up dust. The Difference Between Us is a swirling vortex of swaggering synth that explodes into instrumental fury, a tale of a lost soul. I'm Mad is one of Alison Mosshart's defining moments, vocals grounded in so much sex appeal its down right frightening with more powerful unnerving synth that makes your skin shiver with Jack White's and Little Jacks sublime rhytm in a seering declaration of insanity. Die By The Drop the first single a heavy gothic blues workout, a song on the edge of a breakdown with White and Mosshart teaming up on vocals to effortlessly blur into one. I Can't Hear You is the slowest number but still caries an infectious beat with snaking gutiar solo's that spit venom. All the songs are excellent but Gasoline is an extra special treat, pure alternative blues rock with shreiking guitars intertwining around a shuddering organ and another Alison Mosshart highlight, vocals screamed full of passion. This is such a cool brooding performance they probably drink gasoline for breakfast. No Horse is a pure blues workout in the same realm of New Pony off Horehound. Looking at the Invisable Man is the most challenging listen, the strangest yet the most brave where Little Jack's bass takes charge with a riff that makes your ears bleed while vocals are soaked in a haze of acid. Jawbreaker is another heavy infusion of blues and funk rock not to dissimilar to The Doors. The closer Old Mary the repentance after the indulgences. A dark blues ballad similar to Will There Be Enough Water, same measures of cruelty that Old Mary suffers. A dark mixture of haunting piano and acoustic guitar.
The album only runs for 35 minutes which is a minor complaint. Ultimatly this is a band that has moved forward from the sublime Horehound into murkier waters where lesser acts would drown. All four members bring there A game in a flow of feverish creativity. Wherever the individuals go next, Jack White may reform the White Stripes, Alison Mosshart recording a new Kills album. I am very curious how far the Dead Weather can run and by the sound of Sea of Cowards and the debut Horehound they can go extremely far.