Review: The Dead Weather, ‘Horehound’

The Dead Weather, ‘Horehound’: Aidin Vaziri | Jack White might be sitting behind the drum kit with his latest side project, but the White Stripes front man doesn’t stay in the background for long. On paper, the Dead Weather – which includes the Raconteurs’ Jack Lawrence on bass and Queens of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita on guitar – serves as a spotlight for singer Alison Mosshart of the Kills. Except it’s White who put the band together, produced the record and hosted everyone in his Nashville studio. He also co-wrote most of the songs, sang on the tracks and released “Horehound” on his own label. But who’s complaining? White plays like a madman, and the rest of the band follows suit, creating an impressively fuzzy garage-rock racket on tracks such as “Hang You From the Heavens” and a scratchy cover of Bob Dylan’s “New Pony” (their take on Gary Numan’s “Are Friends Electric?” is also well worth hunting down). Mosshart’s boozy voice gives everything a heartwarming air of sleaziness, invoking a different strain of the blues than you normally get with the White Stripes. It’s only when White inexplicably starts rapping on songs such as “I Cut Like a Buffalo” and “Treat Me Like Your Mother” that the Dead Weather starts sounding like a lo-fi version of Linkin Park – and that’s when you wish he would just sit back for a moment.

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