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CD Review: The Dead Weather's Horehound 

The Deal: The latest project from The White Stripes/The Raconteurs' Jack White includes Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, Alison Mosshart of The Kills and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs.

The Good: I'm not sure you'd call The Dead Weather a supergroup, but I would say the CD as a whole is intense, electric and a great listen. Mosshart's vocals range from singing to talking to screaming. You can sense her intensity and emotion in the calmest of tones or loudest yells. Some solid drumming done by White while Lawrence finds plenty of time to shred – check out the solo on "60 Feet Tall" that sounds more like Hendrix than anything else. A '60s vibe can also be heard on "I Cut Like a Buffalo" whose organ sounds more like Iron Butterfly than anything the White Stripes would release. The writing on the album was more of a collaborative effort than you might expect. "Rocking Horse" is based on a country riff, but there are moments of guitar psychedelia swirled in. The band offers an obviously more plugged-in version of Bob Dylan's "New Pony" which stays true to the original in rhythm and vocal cadence and an instrumental in "3 Birds." They can slow things down a bit – "So Far From Your Weapon" almost has more of an Americana sound to it before kicking up the chorus, as does the closing track "Will There Be Enough Water?" which sounds like an old '30s blues song.

The Bad: Eleven songs, 44 minutes – not a thing to complain about.

The Verdict: This one's gonna be in my CD player for a while. An amazing release to kick off the second half of 2009.

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