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Not what i had hoped for
on 26 April 2011
The Kills are one of those bands that i have liked since their first album and have enjoyed their progression over time. Midnight Boom was a great album and quite different to No Wow before it, but Blood Pressures to me is maybe a step too far.
By that i mean the production, the songwriting and the delivery have all moved to a place i personally don't enjoy so much. They have always felt wound up tight, ready to explode, but always just simmering instead of doing the rock cliche big ejaculation. On Blood Pressures however it feels they have become more 'normal'. they just sound like an OK rock band to me, nothing as different and full of character as before. The drum machine concept now feels redundant with the beats sounding more just like a very mechanical rock drummer rather than a cool, interesting collection of lo-fi loops. Alison's voice seems sweeter and the emotional engagement feels lacking to me. The opening track has had a few plays in my car, but after listening through the whole album 3 times i much prefer to go back to their earlier work.