Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Dead Weather - Horehound (album review)

The Dead Weather is a super-group including the following members: Alison Mosshart on vocals (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White on drums (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita on guitar (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence on bass (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes).

The Dead Weather nicely keeps a float in a pool of sound. It opens with "60 Feet Tall" a slow bluesy guitar heavy song meets calm smoke filled pool room diva. You can feel yourself in that smoke filled pool room in contemplative state while transfixed on the beautiful singer as she croons away.

During the record the band really has their own parts working perfectly together to give each member their time to shine on it. The most constant being White's drums beats and maybe more importantly Mosshart's sneering vocals. This is not ignoring the thunderous bass lines and the bluesy and often time 70's wank guitar leads mixed with electronic samples and great keyboards. At times I get kind of a Beastie Boys melded with Stevie Nicks meets modern day clothing/skate commercial. This may be the closest I ever get to electronic but hey I like this record so I am ok with that. This record that is full of 60/70's sneers and grinds that are good once in a while.

Although with "Treat Me Like Your Mother" an overconfident self deserving cool track I doubt it will get anybody standing on the edge of a couch playing air guitar in front of the picture window. It's more of a sitting on the couch staring at the turned off T.V or just sitting there while you close your eyes and enjoy the atmosphere of Horehound. The record stays pretty consistent all the way through. The highlight for me is the first single from the record "Hang You From the Heavens" not following too far behind is a close second in the Seven Nation Army/Hardest Button to Button reminiscent "Rocking Horse". Keep this slow motion strut of a record in mind for a long drive or chill evening around the house.

The Dead Weather "Treat Me Like Your Mother"

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