Released: Jul 2009
Label: Warner Bros.
The Dead Weather is every bit a sum of its parts: Guitarist Dean Fertita (QotSA) and bassist Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs) keep the edges gritty and bluesy enough to warrant Led Zep comparisons as lead vocalist Alison Mosshart (The Kills) strives to reach a Janis Joplin-like presence. Yet none of them commands the spotlight like the band's most famous member, Jack White (White Stripes). Though he physically takes a back seat (behind the drums), his skill and charisma take the controls, and the album's most memorable moments involve him at the mic ("I Cut Like a Buffalo").