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Sea Of Cowards, The Dead Weather’s second album, arrives less than a year after the band’s debut effort, Horehound. And while the superstar ingredients (Jack White of The White Stripes on drums and vocals, Alison Mosshart of The Kills on vocals, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age on guitar, and Jack Lawrence of the Raconteurs on bass) remain intact, this time around they are more expertly mixed together. The end result is a record that manages to sound similar and yet intrinsically different at the same time.
You see, Horehound at times came off like White’s attempt to scramble behind the drum kit and get just a little bit farther away from the bright lights, all the while pushing Mosshart forward on a pedestal to take the heat for a while. The music was still the same filthy, scuzzy blues-rock that makes up Sea Of Cowards, but it felt a lot less organic and certainly less organized. If this were biology class, you’d say that the two albums are of the same Family but different Species.
Sea Of Cowards adjusts the measurements, with an increased focus on Fertita’s and Lawrence’s fuzzed-out goodness and White’s increased workload behind the mic. I mean, if you needed any more proof that Sea Of Cowards is oriented more towards the complete band, just compare the two albums’ covers – the first is a big picture of Mosshart; the second is the full band hiding their faces behind ornate disguises.