Cigarettes, Leather, & Dead Weather

May 11, 2010 · Print This Article

Last summer, the release of The Dead Weather’s debut album Horehound caused a stir. Bringing the same ballsy in-your-face rock, sophomore album Sea of Cowards doesn’t disappoint.

The sexual energy and primal urgency The Dead Weather throws in the face of anyone who happens to listen, track after track, startles and exalts.

Sea of Cowards ignites all the senses with sleazy, bluesy bar rock reminiscent of the 1970’s but remains unmistakably modern.

Lead singer Allison Mosshart drifts from her electro-pop roots as she belts out smoldering vocals with primal intensity over Led Zeppelin-esque guitar, psychedelic bass, and White’s wailing drums.

The hype surrounding the album’s release comes after the success of the band’s initial album and the collaboration of such musical talents as Jack White and Allison Mosshart, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs.

For the album, an ominous piece of promotional art work features a dark, demonic cemetery scene. The singles are “Die by the Drop,” a sexually infused Mosshart and White duet, and “Gasoline,” which features Mosshart’s grimy vocals over White’s intense drums.

The album listens like a movie unfolding, each song a new scene as the intensity ebbs and flows, trashy and raw—all the while, eliciting the feeling of a 35 minute post-bank robbery ride through the grimy desert, sun beating down and hair blowing in the wind, smelling of cigarettes and leather. –Angie Roach

Sea of Cowards was released on May 11, 2010. Dead Weather will tour this summer including a stop at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tn.


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