Midnight Boom CD
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Midnight Boom - The Kills [CD]
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 PattisonSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The album starts with the brilliant singles U.R.A. Fever and the simple but so catchy Cheap and Cheerful. Other highlights include Getting Down, Last Day of Magic, Hook and Line and Sour Cherry. But everything in-between is also utterly great.
Forget the critics; best Kills album so far.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good wee album. 4 stand out tracks and the rest are good or interesting. I bought it because she is the singer with The Dead Weather and was not disappointed.Published 9 months ago by Chris Cairns
Great cd!! One of the best from the Kills. Came very quickly and in perfect condition!!:)) i recommend it if you enjoy alternative rock:))Published on 18 Jan. 2014 by Harri
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
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.Published on 16 Oct. 2011 by Ø. Hjartnes