The White Stripes, "Death Letter"
Jack White's affinity for the work of classic bluesmen like Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, and Eddie "Son" House is fairly evident if you listen to the early White Stripes material, but he's also made that influence explicit several times throughout his career. He's offered rousing covers of Johnson ("Stop Breaking Down" on The White Stripes) and McTell ("Lord Send Me An Angel" as a seven-inch in 2000, and "Your Southern Can Is Mine" on De Stijl), but his rendition of House's "Death Letter" on De Stijl stands out. House's version of the song was plaintive and pained, but White plays with the wrath of God on his. White splatters his tormented vocal with grimy slide guitar work and manages to repackage House's mournful tune as something more thunderous, but no less emotionally impactful.