The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn: #930 of best 1,000 albums ever!

The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn

Why is The Dead Weather’s Dodge and Burn on my best 1,000 albums ever list?

It gets under your skin, holding a dark, rocking, and compelling power.

What does The Dead Weather’s Dodge and Burn mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?

While The Dead Weather is a “super group” of sorts, including Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age), and “Little Jack” Lawrence (The Raconteurs), I’ve long considered it the oddest and most experimental of Jack White’s projects.

For those reasons, I find The Dead Weather to be far less accessible than The White Stripes and The Raconteurs on the whole. But once you let the band, and Dodge and Burn, under your skin, it holds a dark, rocking, and compelling power.

“Three Dollar Hat” was my initial hook into Dodge and Burn. With an opening super dark and moody guitar riff and cowbell reminiscent of “I Cut Like a Buffalo” (by far my favorite Dead Weather track), it then veers into really weird territory, like Beck took some downers with Jack White (and “Three Dollar Hat” sounds like it could be a Beck song title, doesn’t it?) and they then proceeded to make a hip hop song. Then the guitars fire up and it’s a hellaciously dark and effective rocker. It all works like some strange amalgam.

Jack White’s vocals on “Rough Detective” make it sound like a dark Raconteurs song, but it’s Mosshart’s vocals that really help take this one to the next level, and right now it’s my favorite song on the album.

“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” is a fun (by Dead Weather standards) hard rocker, with deliciously heavy Led Zeppelin-esque guitar riff. Something tells me Jimmy Paige would approve.

I also appreciate music videos like this one that are super simple while effectively enhancing the mood of the song.

Some stats & info about The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock, Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Rock Music
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Dodge and Burn released? 2015
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #930 out of 1,000

The Dead Weather’s Dodge and Burn on Spotify

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