Vote now in the 2021 Best of San Antonio Readers Poll.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Kills: Blood Pressures

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

click to enlarge screen-shot-2011-04-19-at-5.54.gif
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.

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation