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Blood Pressures [CD]

The Kills Audio CD
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Dreamy and feverish, hooky and repetitive, obsessive and claustrophobic – that’s The Kills’ fourth album, “Blood Pressures”. ‘Obsessive and claustrophobic?’ repeats Jamie Hince: ‘yes, I like that. After we’d made the record, Alison and I talked about the theme: there’s a lot about gender, about relationships; it’s about sex ... Read more in Amazon's The Kills Store

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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Recordings
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Future Starts Slow 4:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Satellite 4:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Heart Is A Beating Drum 4:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Nail In My Coffin 3:320.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. DNA 4:320.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Baby Says 4:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Last Goodbye 3:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Damned If She Do 3:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You Don't Own The Road 3:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pots And Pans 4:350.69  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Four albums in for the other deliciously-frayed, minimal garage rock two-piece comprising one man and one woman, and guess what? It’s a Steve Reich covers album interpreted entirely on piccolo and flugelhorn.

Fans of The Kills will have spotted the mendacity of the previous sentence and probably (rightly) guessed that Blood Pressures is another solid album of fundamentalist, primal noise. Throughout Jamie Hince plays his guitar like a framed prisoner scratching his last angry wishes on a cell wall, while Alison Mosshart sings with the conviction and menace of a lying politician.

Where sorely-missed Detroit heroes The White Stripes had rabid but often bluesy moments in their cheap, thrilling canon, The Kills have always been dark and vicious, snarling punks with drum machines and lit cigarettes flicked into your hair. At its best, material on this album matches the seductive, shop-soiled greasiness of early tracks like Fried My Little Brains, from 2003. Future Starts Slow is marvellous. "You can holler, you can wail / You can swing, you can flail," Hince and Mosshart tell us, like they don’t care if they receive the ransom money or not. Satellite, the single spat out online pre-release, offers evidence of Mosshart’s stint in The Dead Weather. When she sings the central refrain, "Operator, operator, dial me back / Operator, put me through," it’s easy to imagine Jack White nodding in approval while an ace, syncopated Hince riff grinds away.

There are surprises on Blood Pressures. The Last Goodbye has the whimsy, reluctance and nostalgia of Sparklehorse circa It’s a Wonderful Life, while album closer Pots and Pans could be a lost Beck track from the One Foot in the Grave days, if the man had been possessed by Tom Waits before recording. It’s this final song which poses the most interesting question on this great, but at times predictable album: what terrific noise could The Kills make on an acoustic album?

--Lou Thomas

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Pressures 21 July 2011
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The mixed reviews this album's got kind of put me off a bit to begin with but now I've bought it I'm glad I did. It's not quite up to the level of Midnight Boom but the stand out tracks are so good they would fit on that album easy. Nail in My Coffin thumps it out something fearsome and Baby Says has been in my head for days. The opening bars of Damned If She Do are pure Exile era Stones - I don't have a higher compliment available than that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The Kills return with their fourth album "Blood Pressures" which is the follow up to 2008's "Midnight Boom". So whats happened in the three years since "Midnight Boom"? Well Alison Mosshart spent the last couple of years singing and touring with The Dead Weather(jack white) and Jamie Hince has spent most of his time with Fiancée supermodel Kate Moss! There was even some doubt a while back if we would get another Kills record as Alison seemed happy enough to continue with The Dead Weather(not that the dead weather have broken up), but thankfully we have got another record as "Blood Pressures" features some of The Kills best work to date!

Where as last record "Midnight Boom" saw The Kills adopt a much more pop friendly sound than its two predecessors "Keep You On The Mean Side" and "No Wow", "Blood Pressures" is a lot darker, dirtier and heavier! That was evident when we first got to hear new single "Satellite" which is one of the heaviest tracks The Kills have ever done, the guitars are gritty, the chorus is big and bluesy. It was now clear that Alison's time in The Dead Weather is probably responsible for this new sound. The Kills set their intentions early on the album with opener "Future Starts Slow" which has a big drum sound(it starts out like the yeah yeah yeahs track "Mystery Girl" just heavier) and a shared vocal between Mosshart and Hince, It does not sound like a track done by two people and a drum machine, Hince's guitar playing sounds great also.

Track three "Heart Is A Beating drum" is one of the stand out tracks on the album that has a great blues riff and features a ping pong sound in the background that is also heard in "Nail In My Coffin" which is a song that wouldn't have been out of place on "Midnight Boom" and features loads of "oh oh oh oh oh's".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great. 10 Feb 2013
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Saw The Kills in November last year and the c.d is perfect as heard most of the tracks. A well played c.d.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 23 May 2013
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Not as strong as Midnight Boom or No Wow but still plenty to keep you listening, especially 'Future starts slow' and 'You don't own the road'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same really 7 Jun 2011
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Not sure I'll get another Kills album after this one, they're all starting to sound a bit samey. Might be me getting old though...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pressure Is On!!! 9 April 2011
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I have enjoyed The Kills since I first heard them two years ago, since which time I have purchased their back catalogue. Having said that, I was astounded by this, their album, not because it is as good as I would have expected it to be, but because it is so very much better than I could have hoped. It is a more complete and compelling opus than its predecessors; not one single track is anything less than beautifully crafted treasure to behold.

Specific songs stick in my mind: The Heart Is A Beating Drum and The Last Goodbye; vocally more interesting and capable than so many of their peers, this album is The Kills at their very best; it's stylish, intense, vital and dynamic - and it shows that The Kills have a talent that isn't stuck in a groove but lends itself, very capably, to different styles and musical influences.

I loved this album and, so far, it is one of my favourite albums of 2011.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Wicked Voodoo 4 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes The Kills come on so dirty you feel as though you shouldn't
really be listening. The very best kind of illicit musical pleasure!

Having Ms Mosshart and Mr Hince back with a new recording is reason to
rejoice. Their fourth album 'Blood Pressures' shows no sign of slowing
down or slacking. This fine duo still possess the same elemental power
which has been uniquely their own since their 2003 debut 'Keep Mean
On Your Side', which is to say that they remain monumentally mean!

Mr Hince plays guitar like a demon. Rough and raw and raunchy; the
grinding chords and spiky accents conjure billowing clouds of edgy
sonic mayhem, full of shadows and things that scratch and bite!
Ms Mosshart's bruised and battered voice has never sounded better
either. Listen to her gloriously downbeat performance on 'The Last
Goodbye'; the effortless pathos she generates is extraordinarily moving.
Or there again, on 'Nail In My Coffin' she puts out like a true soul diva,
cranking up the energy against Hince's maelstrom of ragged bluesy
fire and fury until the rug is ripped to shreds under our feet!

The dark arts have rarely been better served! Opening track 'Future
Starts Slow' makes so much out of so little. This is the true magic
of The Kills. The stripped-down elemental arrangement really does
make the blood course just a little more quickly through our veins.
So too the deliciously grungy 'Damned If She Do'. With its unison vocals
and rattling snare it oozes a ghastly but hugely seductive animal energy.

Heck it's all good but 'Satellite' has got to be heard to be believed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD
I bought this CD as a Christmas Present so not really able to comment but had no complaints so rated 5 stars.
Published 3 months ago by Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars The kills Blood Pressures
This is another good album from this fantastic group. I strongly recomend if you like rock and nicely done music.
Published 20 months ago by Sara Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Mega hit album !
I think this is one of the best albums of music in recent years. My favorite album of The Kills. Fantastic record !
That's all.
Published 20 months ago by Dmitry Markov
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
The product was in really good state when I received it and this album is still awesome! Got the product on time as well.
Published 22 months ago by Bulie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is without a doubt one of my favourite albums. Simple but effective and full of top tunes. Punky, arty rock-n-roll. It's so good I'm lost for words.
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by Mr T
2.0 out of 5 stars New album from the meh meh mehs.
I heard DNA somewhere and it prompted my to get and listen to this album. Sadly it didn't live up to expectations. It is hugely repetitive and an exercise in style over substance. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by G. Flecknell
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Pressure
Really fallen in love with 'Blood Pressures', their 4th album. Took a few listens to appreciate it, and now is one of the most played CD's in my library. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by OsloCelt72
5.0 out of 5 stars To kill for
Alison Mosshart returns to the day job alongside Jamie Hince as The Kills reconvene once more. It's all here, Hince's raggedy guitar-playing mixed with invention and classicism... Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by SMcQ
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i had hoped for
The Kills are one of those bands that i have liked since their first album and have enjoyed their progression over time. Read more
Published on 26 April 2011 by Souldier
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