Sea of Cowards

The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
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Based on 20 reviews
2010 Ratings: #411 / 861
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Based on 75 ratings
2010 Ratings: #135
May 11, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Third Man Records/Warner Bros. Records / Label
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If anyone thought the Dead Weather was going to be the project where Jack White let someone else take the lead, those notions end a minute and 38 seconds into Sea of Cowards opener "Blue Blood Blues", when White tears into one of his most nonsensically badass couplets ever: "Check your lips at the door, woman!/ And shake your hips like battleships!/ Yeah, all the white girls trip when I sing at Sunday service!" It's fantastical tough-guy gibberish worthy of Bo Diddley, and it's the sort of line that only an extremely confident singer would ever attempt, let alone pull off. It reveals the Dead Weather to be just another White vehicle-- the one that plays host to his most deranged impulses.

The Dead Weather amps up the distortion on "Sea Of Cowards" and the results sound great and are performed very strongly. Unfortunately, as this came out only 11 months after its predecessor, it sacrifices any lyrical cohesion. It's still a great Jack White project, though. Probably one of his more aggressive offerings.

Fav Tracks: Die by the Drop, Blue Blood Blues, Jawbreaker, The Difference Between Us, No Horse, Gasoline, Old Mary

Least Fav Track: I'm Mad

Very Good
With a little more arrogance and a lot more distortion, this is both a step forward and a step back for the group. Lyrically, the band really only seems interested in singing and belting (impressively at that) about the usual rock fair, a problem that wasn't a major issue in their last record, but it's becoming apparent that this band really only cares about how the song sounds and less about what the song means. However, that being said, this album sounds great. The blasting guitars and strong ... read more
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Track List

  1. Blue Blood Blues 
  2. Hustle And Cuss 
  3. The Difference Between Us 
  4. I'm Mad 
  5. Die By The Drop 
  6. I Can't Hear You 
  7. Gasoline 
  8. No Horse 
  9. Looking At The Invisible Man 
  10. Jawbreaker 
  11. Old Mary


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