The Dead Weather - Horehound
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2009 Ratings: #409 / 866
Year End Rank: #43
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Based on 76 ratings
2009 Ratings: #122
July 14, 2009 / Release Date
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Third Man / Label
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As if the blues weren’t already dark enough. For the entirety of the Dead Weather’s debut album, Horehound, Jack White—who, in a commendable show of ego control, relegates himself to the drum stool for this, a sure-to-be successful supergroup (dirty word, I know) he somehow managed to cobble together in the downtime between fronting two of the only signs of life in today’s alt-rock landscape—Alison Mosshart and company are visibly determined to imbue an art form which is already obsessed with depression, loss, and all manner of cheerful things with even inkier shades of the human condition.


Pretty much every city in North America has an FM radio station boasting a slogan along the lines of "Where Classic Rock Lives!" But really, these are the places where classic rock goes to die, fossilized onto playlists that haven't been updated since the second Black Crowes album. You think it's hard getting attention for your psych-folk-disco-shitgaze collective? Try being an up-and-coming meat-and-potatoes blues-rock band, who are shut out from both hipster-blog discourse and the sort of mainstream media channels that theoretically should be nurturing them. Most people laughed at the Blueshammer scene in Ghost World; me, I just felt sorry for those dudes-- because once they leave that bar, there's really nowhere else for them to go.

How many bands does Jack White have to be in? Apparently, many of them. The Dead Weather sounds like if you listened to blues while blazed and laying down next to the wheels of a fucking running sports car! The sound is just awesome, but it's really the great instrumentation and the supertight performances from Alison Mosshart and Jack White that makes "Horehound" such a great rock recording!

Fav Tracks: So Far from Your Weapon, 60 Feet Tall, Treat Me Like Your Mother, I Cut Like a ... read more
If blues sounded like it was crafted by witches with distortion pedals, then it would probably sound a lot like this album. Jack Whites signature feel and song structures come through on this project, even though Alison Mosshart takes over vocal duties (for the most part). And every-time it doesn't astound you with its aesthetic alone, the memorable performances and explosive instrumentation is more then enough to warrant the existence of this glorious project.

Favorite Jams: So Far From Your ... read more
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Track List


  1. 60 Feet Tall 
  2. Hang You From The Heavens 
  3. I Cut Like A Buffalo 
  4. So Far From Your Weapon 
  5. Treat Me Like Your Mother 
  6. Rocking Horse 
  7. New Pony 
  8. Bone House 
  9. 3 Birds 
  10. No Hassle Night 
  11. Will There Be Enough Water?


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