Single Review – The Dead Weather – Buzzkill(er)

The Dead Weather have released two previously unheard tracks from their free downtime between the bands various commitments with the Kills, QOTSA and of course Jack White and his solo career. The tracks ‘Buzzkill(er)’ and ‘It’s Just Too Bad’ are being released as part of Third Man Records’ Vault Package Number 21 that has the track on a gold coloured seven inch. The first track features the dual riffs of the echoed and space creating outer riff and the more closely recorded and isolated grind of the nearer guitar, which also leads the main rhythm section and consequently most of the track’s instrumentals with only basic, yet sharp percussion behind it. Alison Mosshart and her strong, yet deliberately shaky vocal on the verses turn into shouts and bellows in the chorus. A low slung and neatly delivered track.

‘It’s Just Too Bad’ is a track that delivered in an even slicker, but also raw fashion with all the struggling guitars and feedback left and laid bare. This is in conjunction with a closer vocal from Alison, but one that has a less cleat focus upon it.

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