The Dead Weather, "Die by the Drop"

86 Billboard Rating

Alt-rock supergroup the Dead Weather made waves last summer with its debut album, "Horehound." The band's sophomore effort, "Sea of Cowards," hits stores in May, and if lead single "Die by the Drop" is any indicator, it will be just as well-received. Slowly building, dying-to-break-loose riffs seethe with Nine Inch Nails-esque electronic distortion, and frontwoman Alison Mosshart's raw ragged voice fits the song's in-your-face lyrics perfectly. In a call-and-response with Jack White, she shouts, "Some people die in the middle / I live just fine on the top." It's not until the chorus, though-when the backing guitars descend into a head-banging jam-that "Drop" fully rocks. "I'm gonna take you for worse or better," the singers declare. We'll take more Dead Weather just like this, please.-Erin Clendaniel

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