Sea of Cowards

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Sea of Cowards
Studio album by The Dead Weather
Released May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
Recorded December 2009; Third Man Studio
Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Alternative rock, garage rock, blues-rock, psychedelic rock
Length 35:12
Label Warner Bros./Third Man
The Dead Weather chronology
Sea of Cowards
Singles from Sea of Cowards
  1. "Die By The Drop"
    Released: March 30, 2010
  2. "Blue Blood Blues"
    Released: June 23, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[1]
Spin 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10)[3]
BLARE Magazine 4/5 stars[4]
L.A. Times 3/4 stars[5]
NME 8/10 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[7]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]

Sea of Cowards is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band The Dead Weather. It was first released on May 7 in Ireland, then on May 11, 2010, in the U.S. and May 10 in the United Kingdom.

The album was streamed on the band's website, via continuous vinyl playback, for a period of 24 hours from April 30 to May 1. It was subsequently available for streaming on various media streaming websites such as National Public Radio and KCRW. This album was number 11 on Rolling Stone's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blue Blood Blues"   Fertita/Lawrence/White 3:22
2. "Hustle and Cuss"   Lawrence/Mosshart 3:45
3. "The Difference Between Us"   Mosshart/White 3:37
4. "I'm Mad"   Fertita/Lawrence/Mosshart/White 3:16
5. "Die by the Drop"   Fertita/Lawrence/Mosshart 3:29
6. "I Can't Hear You"   Fertita/Lawrence/Mosshart/White 3:35
7. "Gasoline"   Fertita/Lawrence/Mosshart/White 2:44
8. "No Horse"   Fertita/Lawrence/Mosshart/White 2:49
9. "Looking at the Invisible Man"   Fertita/White 2:42
10. "Jawbreaker"   Fertita/Lawrence/Mosshart 2:58
11. "Old Mary"   White 2:53

There are also two additional "bonus" songs pressed on the label of Sea of Cowards vinyl.[11] The vinyl LP version was pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN.[12]

Album themes[edit]

Jack White explained the album title to The Sun: "The album title refers to the way the internet allows people to spit venom and knock people in a cowardly way using fake names. It seems to me that people aren't teaching this generation anything about responsibility. The internet allows people to make a statement that the whole world can read and listen to-but they're too much of a coward to leave their actual name."[13]

Sea Of Cowards: Live At Third Man Records[edit]

On May 3, before the album's release, the band played a special show at White's Third Man Records where Sea Of Cowards was played in its entirety. The show was streamed on MySpace and subsequently appeared on the band's YouTube channel.[14] The performance was released on 12" Vinyl through the Third Man Records' Vault subscription service, recorded live to analog tape and pressed directly to vinyl. This is in contrast to the controversial mastering process of the original album.[15]


In popular culture[edit]

The album's opening song, "Blue Blood Blues", was featured in the final episode of Season Two of the HBO comedy Eastbound & Down in 2010. The album's song "I Can't Hear You" was featured in the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love and is a playable song in the guitar-themed video game Rocksmith.


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