.

The Dead Weather's 'Sea of Cowards' and More New Reviews

Rolling Stone's critics tackle Jack White's latest and Keane's new disc

May 11, 2010 11:01 AM ET

Whether he's working with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs or the Dead Weather, Jack White seems to turn out a must-have new record every few months. And this week he returns with the Dead Weather's Sea of Cowards. "The second album by the Dead Weather is a rock of action — nothing but action. There is barely room to breathe, much less sing along," David Fricke writes in his three-and-a-half star review. "Last year's Horehound had the same feral air. But the moving parts of Sea of Cowards come faster, meaner and fatter. There are more single-worthy tunes on White's records with the Raconteurs; in the White Stripes, he prefers his blues with limits. But with this band, White lets himself go over the top." Standout tracks include the vicious first single "Die by the Drop" and White's manic drumming on "Hustle and Cuss."

This week also brings the latest album by Keane, titled Night Train. The U.K. act have earned a reputation as moody rockers but their latest finds the band far more upbeat, busting out dance-pop songs and drafting rappers like K'naan to make cameo appearances. When they want, Keane can still break out big, cresting tracks like "My Shadow," but on Night Train, Jody Rosen writes in his three-star review "Keane have proved themselves masters of — gasp! — pop perkiness."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com