It's hard to figure out where to start when talking about The Dead Weather. Their debut album, Horehound">Horehound, doesn't help. Imagine a diverse group of musicians who just kind of fell in each others laps, each bringing their own style and throwing it into the mix and you might come close to what The Dead Weather brings to the table.
Instead of focusing on one or two particular songs I have to take Horehound as the complete composition of music but, when doing so, I'm left mystified by the odd combination of blues, rock, reggaea beats, driving drums, fuzzy vocals, and long sliding electric guitar riffs. It's a crazy mashup of music that somehow, magically, pulls it off and creates a rip-roaring good album.
Honestly, I didn't think I was going to like it but the more I've listened the more I have to keep on listening. I feel like I've been slammed into a jam session from the late psychedelic rock period of the 60's but with more diversity to their sound.
The album opens with "60 Feet Tall" deep into the song you'll be sucked into that psychedlic sound I am talking about. But then it flips over to "Hang You From the Heavens" which has a more driving bass backdrop that is much more ROCK than psych. That sound then transitions into "I Cut Like a Buffalo" which instantly gives the reggae feel and I can't help but think the "Buffalo" title along with the beat is a tribute to Marley even though the vocals are much more harsh than Marelys ever were.
It's a crazy and eclectic album that fits my musical tastes nearly perfectly. It's an entire music festival jammed into 43 minutes. Here is a video of "Treat Me Like Your Mother" which is a solid rock song dominated by a funky guitar to get you started.