11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The seeds of the Dead Weather were first sprinkled during the Kills' opening slot for the Raconteurs. Jack White was given doctor's orders to take it easy on the vocals, then inviting Alison Mosshart to help out. All went so well, they took things into the studio along with Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita. The result? Horehound — a deep and dark sojourn into electrified rock with stuttering funk backbeats (courtesy of Mr. White who anchors the group as drummer, but pops up with the occasional line and vocal tic all throughout). Electric organ and fuzz-ed up bass ride up alongside Mossheart's grimy, rock-addled vocals on "Treat Me Like Your Mother" and "Hang You from the Heavens," while other tracks show a sense of experimentation akin to the rhythm-based freakouts of early Jamaican dub. Easily the most forward-thinking project Mr. Jack White has been involved in, and a triumph.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The seeds of the Dead Weather were first sprinkled during the Kills' opening slot for the Raconteurs. Jack White was given doctor's orders to take it easy on the vocals, then inviting Alison Mosshart to help out. All went so well, they took things into the studio along with Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita. The result? Horehound — a deep and dark sojourn into electrified rock with stuttering funk backbeats (courtesy of Mr. White who anchors the group as drummer, but pops up with the occasional line and vocal tic all throughout). Electric organ and fuzz-ed up bass ride up alongside Mossheart's grimy, rock-addled vocals on "Treat Me Like Your Mother" and "Hang You from the Heavens," while other tracks show a sense of experimentation akin to the rhythm-based freakouts of early Jamaican dub. Easily the most forward-thinking project Mr. Jack White has been involved in, and a triumph.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
971 Ratings

971 Ratings

alej222 ,

Jack White and Alisson Mosshart equal greatness

This album is very interesting. It's toned down rock not too hard and not too soft. The sound is very dark and many songs are slow paced and chilled out like "so far from your weapon" and "will there be enough water." "Hang you from the Heavens" has some heavy lyrics and Alisson manages to execute the vocals and atttitude of that song well. "I cut like a buffalo" is a fun song.. sounds a bit folksy. "Treat me like your mother" is my favorite because both Jack and Alisson sing and it is fast paced and jolted with energy. "Bone House" is a dark and creepy song and I love the background sound. I wish it were a bit more fast paced like it was performed in concert though... Overall this album is experimental and I find it a really interesting one from Jack White! It isnt very much like what he has done in the past. Yet it stays true to his sound. And Alisson adds a female rock sexyness to the mix that cant be denied.

mgibson18 ,

Best album of 2009 so far...

The best word that I could use to accurately describe this album would be "crunchy". Everything from the slightly distorted vocals to the fuzzed up bass and guitar to the funky drum beats emanates this energy that is beyond any modern album that I can think of. The cover of New Pony is so different and bizarre that it becomes a different song. The guitar and bass parts maintain this dirty simplicity that gives the songs such a full sound. I can't wait to see them live.

(Notice I didn't once mention Jack White, because this is one of his first bands where he isn't on the centerfold)

JohnMan300 ,

Great and Original Band

The Dead Weather started out as a post-show jam session between Dean Fertita, Allison Mosshart, Jack Lawrence, and Jack White. Quickly after cutting a quick 7 inch, they realized they really liked what was going on there. Now, here is my song by song review of Horehound.

60 Feet Tall- A great way to kick out straight out of the gate. 60 Feet Tall is the kind of song that builds up slowly, then blows you away once it reaches its peak.

Hang You From the Heavens- A really good track, really good energy. There’s about 3 times I can think of when you think the song is going to be over because they build up so much energy so suddenly, yet it continues to blow up and still keep it coming

I Cut Like a Buffalo- Such a great jam track, a highlight of the album. Don’t get me wrong, when I say jam I don’t mean it’s instrumental, but you just know it came out for the music and not the lyrics.

So Far From Your Weapon- I will go as far as to say that this is the best song on the album. It is such a dark, incredible song. It’s a song that never fails to give you so much adrenaline that you can hardly stand still.

Treat Me Like Your Mother- It’s hard to describe TMLYM, it’s fairly similar to Hang You From the Heavens. It has really good energy that makes for a very good song, but I’m not sure if I would call it one of the best on the album.

Rocking Horse- I have a feeling this one is going to be overlooked. It is a very dark, hypnotizing number. Very simple, but it sticks with you. Definitely one of the highlights of the album.

New Pony- If you haven’t looked to much into the details of this album, you wouldn’t know that this is a Bob Dylan cover. Surprising isn’t it? I heard New Pony and thought to myself, ‘Oh wow, it’s crazy how much they must have changed this.’ So, I looked up the Dylan version, and it turns out the song is basically the same in it’s roots, but The Dead Weather didn’t fail to throw in their own brand of flare. A great surprise and without a doubt a highlight.

Bone House- Well, it’s hard for me to talk about it. I personally am not a huge fan of it, it’s one of the ones that is fine to listen to and enjoy when it comes on by its self, but you don’t go to listen to it. I’m not a big synth man myself, but if you even moderately enjoy synthesizers, you will probably love this track. I would say it’s a highlight of the album depending on your preference, but not for myself.

3 Birds- The only instrumental track on the album. What can you say about it? It’s pretty interesting and it doesn’t get old throughout the track. Pretty nice song. It was with hearing ‘Rocking Horse’ and ‘3 Birds’ that there was no doubt in my mind about Little Jack’s ability to get inside your head with that bass of his.

No Hassle Night- Ugh, the only song I can say I honestly don’t like on the album. It’s disappointing, but hey, only 1 filler song on the whole album is pretty good. It’s not that great, but it doesn’t rain on the albums parade at all.

Will There Be Enough Water?- Wow, an amazing song. It’s a great way to close out this behemoth of an album. 6 minutes and 20 seconds well spent, you should enjoy it. It’s a highlight.

So, overall, ‘Horehound’ shouldn’t disappoint. It’s safe to say that this is not a side project, this is definitely something all new. When The Raconteurs debuted, it was often called a side project of Jack White’s, and not to the calabur of a successful band. Although, The Raconteurs most certainly ARE amazing and deserve their credit, the music they produce is much more relatable to Jack White’s previous music. The Dead Weather is something all new and feels fresh.

8.5 / 10 Thumbs Up

Highlights: I Cut Like a Buffalo, So Far From Your Weapon, Rocking Horse, New Pony, Will There Be Enough Water?

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