Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Kills: Blood Pressures

Posted on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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The Kills: Blood Pressures
Label: Domino Recording Company
Release Date: 2011-04-20
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

The fourth full album by The Kills is like an overheated engine — covered with dark grit, sputtering, and heaving with sweltering energy. Blood Pressures strays away from the pop-infused dance melodies of Midnight Boom and goes deeper into the sound of gritty, ’60s-era London, incorporating blues, ballads, leather, sex, and rock ’n’ roll. Back again are the sultry, yet sassy vocals of Alison Mosshart and the brutal, stripped-down guitar of Jamie Hince — their pairing makes the blood rise in a blaze of sweat and cigarette smoke. Mosshart croons, “Operator, operator, dial it back” on the single “Satellite,” a reggae-ish, jolting exploration of haunting blues melodies reminiscent of funeral songs complete with hymn-like backing vocals. “Nail In My Coffin” has an upbeat swagger that thrives on hard-hitting distortion, and the opening chords of “Baby Says” channel the Rolling Stones as the song alludes to bittersweet memories of romance at the fairgrounds. While “The Last Goodbye” is a sorrowful waltz set in antiquity, the song’s emotion weighs too heavily to fit with the rest of the album.

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