The Kills – ‘Blood Pressures’: Album Review
April 18, 2011 § 2 Comments
After a draining two-year hiatus, The Kills are back with a fresh new album! The duo, composed of Jamie Hince & Alison Mosshart, stepped unto the scene in 2001 with their unique sound that reshaped “indie” rock. Blood Pressures, released on April 5 2011, does not disappoint. The vibe is cool and edgy in a way that only The Kills could bring; the album is best paired with a bottle of warm whiskey. Reverting back to their roots of scratchy blues-rock yet still playing around with new sounds, the album is a musical maze.
The album opens up with “Future Starts Slow”, an uptempo track that highlights The Kills’ best assets. Mosshart’s raspy voice layered over Hince’s cool tone makes for great harmony and a hint of nostalgia of past albums. “Satellite”, the 1st single off of Blood Pressures, provides the listener with a new sound brought by the rock duo. The steady distortion, the heavy bass drum, and the harmonized vocals give this track an electrified post-reggae vibe. The Kills brings it back to their hit album Midnight Boom with the 80’s revival track “Nail In My Coffin”. The syncopated drums and Mosshart’s crystalized vocals breathes new life to the album.
Staying on trend with classic decade sounds, “Wild Charms” gives Hince his own platform as he provides the sole vocals to the Beatles-inspired track. His voice is soothing yet tragic; it’s too bad the song fades away in a little over a minute. But the album does come with its flaws. “DNA” is a mishap of soulless lyrics and uninspired vocals; it’s a weak track that is better suited on The Dead Weather’s cutting room floor. But “Baby Says” picks up the steamy energy; Pitchfork Media summed it up best: “A melancholic Mosshart/Hince duet set to a steady backbeat, ideal for filling in the awkward silences on a couples-retreat road trip gone bad (Stuart Berman, 2011).”
Blood Pressures may not be The Kills’ best album to date, but it does a great job of displaying the super-coolness the duo is known for. Seemingly wrapped in a veil of cigarette smoke and glassy kohl-rimmed eyes, this album will be on rotation for many people who are appreciative of good rock music.
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars
Songs on Repeat
“Heart is a Beating Drum”
“Nail In My Coffin”
“You Don’t Own The Road”
Songs to Skip
“Damned if She Do”
Photo Courtesy of: Domino Records