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The Dead Weather's 'Sea of Cowards'

In this CD cover image released by Third

In this CD cover image released by Third Man/Warner Bros. Records, The Dead Weather's "Sea of Cowards," is shown. (AP Photo/Third Man/Warner Bros. Records) Credit: AP Photo/

With their second album in less than a year, The Dead Weather, led by White Stripe Jack White and Kill Alison Mosshart, has managed to take a great idea and steadily pound it into the ground. "Sea of Cowards" (Third Man / Warner Bros.) is everything "Horehound" was - trippy, raucous guitar blues - without the surprises. "The Difference Between Us" plays like the electro cousin of "Seven Nation Army," while the grinding single "Die by the Drop" simply extends the formula. Only "Old Mary" really offers any sort of experimentation, any sense of how good The Dead Weather can really be.

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