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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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A band that already has a healthy catalogue of infectious rhythms, yet keeps adding to it all the time - excellent.Published on 23 May 2013 by Mr Gordon Bowie
It was a brand new vynil, so there is nothing to complain about it ou anything bad to point outPublished on 3 May 2013 by Isadora
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 on 15 Jun. 2012 by Bulie
You know what lets this album down? The terrible vocals from the clearly confused Jamie Hince. Stuck somewhere between Tom Petty and Robert Del Naja. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2009 by Carlo_Von_Sexron
In comparison to many bands around at the moment The Kills are deep, dark and brooding. This album is a grower - you need to appreciate the type of Bluesy Grungy music that the... Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2008 by M. Speller