Like many folks, I was highly skeptical of The Dead Weather, Jack White's latest presumed exercise in self-indulgence/roadblock to the next White Stripes LP. I'm glad White feels free to get his rocks off by playing drums in yet another blues-rock combo, but there's something special about that now-legendary candy cane duo.

Like many folks, I was highly skeptical of The Dead Weather, Jack White's latest presumed exercise in self-indulgence/roadblock to the next White Stripes LP. I'm glad White feels free to get his rocks off by playing drums in yet another blues-rock combo, but there's something special about that now-legendary candy cane duo.