Die by the Drop starts with twinkly drums and a quiet funk riff, these later on during the song will seem so out of place in comparison to the rest of the song.
Then comes the hauntingly repetitive piano, the one note, repeated and repeated throughout the whole song, which still happens to actually work very effectively in creating this horror pop/rock montage that White and Mosshart blatantly set out to create. However, their pre- thought out aims for the song are obvious, yet, this doesn’t cheapen the song itself. The deathly distorted guitar riffs are finally introduced and the song gets going in true Dead Weather style. The mélange of Jack’s quirky vocals and Alison’s husky voice complements them.
“Let’s dig a hole in the sand, brother. A little grave we can fill together” Alison sings in her clean, husky voice that fits the entire concept of The Dead Weather so well. The entire song is a semantic field of gothic horror, “graves”, “death”, “salvation” and carries an air of destructive love. The ever changing rhythm seems to have been set out to purposely confuse the listener, it still has a traditional verse/chorus structure but the changing rhythm adds flair and originality to the song.
In my opinion The Dead Weather are Jack White and Alison Mosshart at their best, it seems that they have finally obtained the formula to making fantastic music which is something that I honestly don’t think either of them had in The White Stripes, The Raconteurs or The Kills, it seemed that either their talents were withheld or just not fully developed, until now.