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Born a Jehovah's Witness, come of age as a Louisiana oil-man's son, run away at 13 to Florida with an older woman and residing for a time in the balcony of an abandoned porn theater, Dax Riggs of Deadboy and the Elephantmen has the kind of heaven-and-hell background that ought to suit him for singing the blues.

He is best known for his work with 1990s heavy-sludge band Acid Bath, where, on When the Kite String Pops or Paegan Terrorism Tactics, he floated a melodic counterpoint above viscous metallic dirges. With Deadboy and the Elephantmen, a partnership with drummer/back-up singer Tessie Brunet, Riggs has turned away from Sabbath-inspired rampages toward more stripped and blues-influenced material, even slipping a few ravaged and ghostly ballads into the mix. Like Mark Lanegan, whose career has followed a similar trajectory, he brings a hint of danger even to his softest, most melodic outings, and on blues-rockers like "Stop, I'm Already Dead" and the stand-out "Misadventures of Dope," he sounds like a lost soul on fire in hell.

The songs break down, roughly evenly, into amplified blues-rock anthems and gentler ballads. The loud songs feel more genuine, Riggs' rough-edged voice burning a hole through steady crescendos of eighth-note guitars, embellishing dead-simple songs with baroque moans and flourishes. The best of these — "Ancient Man," "Misadventures of Dope" and "Kissed by Lightning" — straddle the divide between punk and blues and metal, fast enough to make you want to move, damaged enough to break your heart. The ballads are a harder sell, though acoustic blues cut "No Rainbow" gains a dreamy grip over repeat plays, particularly in the life-affirming "la-da-da" chorus at the end.

Comparisons to White Stripes are probably inevitable, given that this is another blues-based duo with a charismatic male frontman and a woman on drums. The main difference is that Deadboy seems less packaged, less theatrical, than Jack & Co. White Stripes are a great band, but they're doing a show — with costumes and stage moves and well-considered image. Deadboy seem more like a natural occurrence, two kids who can hardly help doing what they do, and wouldn't if they could.

by Jennifer Kelly

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