The Dead Weather, "Horehound"

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The debut album from Jack White's new rock band the Dead Weather was recorded quickly at his Third Man studio/label/vinyl shop in Nashville. The propulsive 11-track "Horehound" finds the White Stripes and Raconteurs frontman every bit as able on the drums as he is on guitar. On the dub-inflected garage-hop banger "I Cut Like a Buffalo," White throws down a funky beat while delivering vocals. His drumming is best reflected on "No Hassle Night," an otherwise slow and soulful tune that begins with thrash metal speed. Allison Mosshart, who is best-known as the singer for rock duo the Kills, lends angry vocals to "60 Feet Tall" and "Hang You From the Heavens." Guitarist Dean Fertita switches between organ and guitar as easy as he does Blue Cheer and Tubeway Army, while bassist Jack Lawrence provides the bottom end on a keyboard-bass that combines the sounds of Roger Glover and John Lord. The Dead Weather's gothic and electric R&B sound is exemplified on "Treat Me Like Your Mother," and the quartet demonstrates psychedelic swagger on a blistering cover of Bob Dylan's "New Pony."

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