Horehound makes a pretty insubstantial case for the Dead Weather, the new White Stripes/Kills/Raconteurs/Queens of the Supergroup. Nothing on the record is actually bad. It’s a lot of nervy and sexualized blues that’s trying to scare you, and the recording is by far the most impressive aspect of the album — for the stripped-down presentation, the sounds of each instrument are, more often than not, cooked to perfection.

The trouble is that most of the songs belabor the point. Here’s an interesting riff in an interesting arrangement with an interesting vocal pattern delivered interestingly. And here’s another. And here’s a third. And now they’ll repeat those themes again and again and again. I was on a small panel yesterday with Matthew Yglesias about blogging, and Yglz told the group that a successful blog post develops one distinct idea very clearly and then moves on.  Dead Weather could have learned from that.

Even so, the last half of the record is rather strong, particularly "Bone House," the instrumental "3 Birds" and especially the closing number, "Will There Be Enough Water," which recalls one of the slower, exhausted tracks from Exile on Main Street while humming the macabre lyric "will there be water/when my ship comes in." 

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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