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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 (10 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Recordings
  • ASIN: B0012RCMO2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  7. Black Balloon 3:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
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Jamie "Hotel" Hince might have become tabloid fodder thanks to his relationship with Kate Moss, but the third album by The Kills, his band with American vocalist Alison "VV" Mosshart, does relatively little to tidy itself up for mainstream consumption. Midnight Boom is a typically lean set of makeshift punk-blues characterised by Hince's raw, Nick Zinner-style guitar, and Alison's bad-attitude drawl: see the opening "U.R.A Fever", a beat-up call-and-response number reminiscent of Royal Trux than sees Hince and Mosshart swapping sour quips over loping bass and drum machine thud, while "Cheap and Cheerful" sees Mosshart declaring "I want you to be crazy/'Cos you're boring baby when you're straight". The presence of producer Armani XXXchange of Baltimore hip-hop outfit Spank Rock means there's a greater emphasis here on rhythm, often of a synthetic nature: "Alphabet Pony" bumps along on robust, lo-fi drum kicks and bursts of primitive electronics, while "Black Balloon" is a slow-burner that toys with layered percussion built from hand claps, scrapers, and tapped snare. The Kills still have problems with a big, memorable chorus–-assuming, indeed, that was ever their intention--but Midnight Boom is all about grit and grooves, and it does that just fine. –Louis Pattison

BBC Review

When American Alison 'VV' Mosshart overheard Jamie 'Hotel' Hince thrashing his guitar in the hotel room above her a partnership was born. Leaving behind their pasts with Floridian punks, Discount, and British rock bands, Blyth Power and Scarfo, the pair started air mailing work tapes across the Atlantic. Overcome with frustration, Mosshartt upped sticks from sunny Florida to grey London and the Kills - a boy, a girl and a drum machine - were born.

Midnight Boom is the pair's third studio album. As ever, there are elements of PJ Harvey, LCD Sound System (use of the wood block and interesting percussion) but thanks to Spank Rocks' producer, Alex Epton, a more modern funky sound. Not surprisingly, for a rock girl/boy duo, the Kills have been compared to fellow garage minimalists, the White Stripes. However in this case it's the female who leads the vocals. If Brian Molko were a girl, he'd be VV. The first single to come off this, their 3rd album, U.R.A Fever, with it's heavy trip hop beats, only hints at the dirty grungy sound that is more present through. Getting Down and Cheap and Cheerful showcase their sparse, lo-fi, minimalist approach to songwritting as handclapping and drums are played in equal measure.

And yet, they give true noisy, dirty punk rock a run for its money with several fast and furious explosions such as M.E.X.I.C.O and Sour Cherry. The second single, Cheap And Cheerful, doesn't do justice to the album - but with lines like ''I want you to be crazy cos you're boring baby when you're straight'' it still hits all the right post-punk buttons. Much more melodic is the Velvet Underground-influenced Goodnight Bad Morning, all plucked acoustics and soulful vocals.

Like Detroit's Stripes they have taken an anti-careerist, anti-music industry stance leading to accusations of hypocrisy in the face of a recording deal with RCA in the States. In interviews they like to brazenly smoke. It seems they're a band who like to contradict - anti-smoking smokers, anti corporate label pushers - so it's no surprise that Midnight Boom is at once melodic AND screamingly loud. What it isn't however is anything new. That said, the band does a good job with post-Strokes, New York punk rock, and Midnight Boom will please any skinny jean, leather-jacket wearing indie rocker. --Susie Goldring

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Yup. It's Good. Very, very good in fact.

Genre-fretters have long been out to pin this fine little combo down.

Three albums in however and what we have here in essence
are twelve splendidly energetic pop songs.

The pared-down, edgy simplicity which has become
Mr Hince's and Ms Mosshart's calling card belies a finely
honed ability to create catchy and memorable material
of the finest calibre from the simplest musical building blocks.

'Getting Down' must surely have the ghost of Mr Bolan smiling in the wings.

'Cheap and Cheerful' could and should find a place in every discotheque in the land.

'Last Day Of Magic' romps along like there's no tomorrow - it's
killer hook chorus is utterly irresistible.

Darker moments intrude occasionally. Closing track 'Goodnight Bad Morning'
demonstrates a capacity for a more tender, reflective style but essentially
'Midnight Boom' is a stonkingly upbeat affair.

We will be unlikely to hear many more finer albums this year.

Highly recommended
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Brady on 3 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I don't ever write reviews so I'm useless at it.. but this album is absolutly brilliant, has all the ingredients.. melodies, beats, dirty guitar, cooning and gnarling vocals.. I seen them live in Brighton also and they were incredible. Kind of hope they remain an underground secret though, is that bad?
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By CK on 22 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Hooking and stunning songs, not as rough as on the debut album "keep on your mean side". But, admittedly, Alison Mosshart is the queen of garage punkrock. Beside the single "cheap and cheerful" you should check out "last day of magic".

The Aussie Tour Edition is the regular CD in a jewel case which comes along with a cardsleeve 3 track bonus promo cd. Included are the songs "black balloon" as featured on the album, as well as 2 new tracks.

Nice item for fans, but as a limited edition it could have been made with a little bit more love (I just think of the "no wow" bonus disc with lots of remixes and b-sides). That's why the 4 stars.
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Another of my favourite albums by The Kills. I think there are just as many memorable songs on this album, and they all have a good rhythm and style. The Kills don't necessarily evolve their sound, but they still manage to find new things to say with each song and album. I love their sound.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By arcticmonkeys... on 6 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Wow... completely exceeded my expectations. I was quite shocked at the beauty of this album considering I had only heard 3 The Kills songs before and I am so blown away, to the extent that I'm not sure I want to buy another The Kills album in case it doesn't live up to the awesomeness of this one. Definitely recommend it, a cross between The Strokes and Laura Marling at times, with raven haired Alison Mosshart's gorgeous velvety voice smoothing you through the album. Skip to Black Balloon and Last Day Of Magic.
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By Bex on 27 Sept. 2011
Format: MP3 Download
I stumbled across the Kills as a recommendation from Amazon, listened to a few tracks and loved what I heard!
Now a regular part of my playlist, excellent album!
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By Harri on 18 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great cd!! One of the best from the Kills. Came very quickly and in perfect condition!!:)) i recommend it if you enjoy alternative rock:))
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By Ø. Hjartnes on 16 Oct. 2011
Format: Vinyl
This album is amazing and I have lost count of how many times I have listened to it. This is the perfect album. Other bands: take note.
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