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"BLOOD PRESSURES" CONTAINS SOME OF THE KILLS BEST MATERIAL,
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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". Jamie goes it alone on the subdued "Wild charms" which works as more of an intro into "DNA" which is again grittier and heavier than The Kills ever were before. The ballad "The Last Goodbye" sung brilliantly with passion by Mosshart is a wonderful song that will probably see a lot of camera phone action.
The album finishes with "Pots And pans" a song that wouldn't have been out of place on the last Dead Weather album. "Blood Pressures" shows real progress on The Kills part, especially on Mosshart's(this is her fourth full record since 2008) part as she sounds like her time away with The Dead Weather has taught her everything doesn't have to be minimal. This is really a great album by The Kills their most ambitious to date and on this form you can only see them evolve more!!