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And then I heard news of Midnight Boom. I was excited, but many questions ran through my mind. Would they take what they've done so well and improve upon it some more? Would they go in a total different direction? Would they repeat what they've done on their first two albums? Would they completely flop?
Well, I can say without a doubt that this is their most accomplished album to date and it's the quintessential Kill's record people should own. It's fun, dark, and rockin' all at the same time. For people who've been listening to the Kills since their first two albums, this is that "home run" album that we've been waiting for. And for people who haven't heard of the Kills previous music, this is definitely the best place to start. I can't wait to see them in concert in May.
The Kills are blues rock but that's not giving them enough justice. They incorporate a lot of different sounds/styles. The best way I can describe it is The White Stripes + Clinic + Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Straight from the sexy opener "U.R.A. Fever" you get a taste of what you're in for. You feel instantly cooler just listening to it, then you get hit with the album's single "Cheap and Powerful" which is just begging to be remixed and sent to the dancefloor but sounds great as is as well.
"Tape Song" won me over with its sweet guitar effects, especially the solo.
"Last Day Of Magic" is probably my favorite off the album. Its sort of cheerful sounding while still being dirty and you'll be singing "my little tornado, my little hurricane-o" all day long.
"What New York Used To Be" has a great vibe to it and kind of reminds me of Peaches.
I could rave about nearly every track but I'll spare you. Just get this album, you won't be disappointed.
Actually, Mr. Doherty does have a link, albeit a wobbly one with Brit/American duo The Kills. Guitarist Jamie Hince is dating Doherty's ex, Kate Moss, assuring them ample space in the British tabloids.
"Midnight boom" is their third album (I was introduced to their sound when I got their sophomore "No wow") and it features more of their edgy, electro rock sound. They get compared to The White Stripes simply because they comprise a boy/girl duo.
Opening is the droning throbbing ""U.R.A. fever (you're a fever, with the pair trading lines) followed by the hand-clap adorned groovy "Cheap and cheerful". It reminds me a wee bit of the groovy "Born to hand jive" from "Grease".
"Tape song" is a gently pulsing ballad that wouldn't sound of place on a Garbage CD as does the beautiful "Black balloon" (with Alison Mosshart turning in a crystal clear, yearning performance).
More upbeat are the jangly "Last day of magic", "Hook and line", the drum kit-demolishing "M.E.X.I.C.O.U." (nice girl group sound), the hand-clap (this seems to be a new trend, what with The Ting tings doing it too) adorned "Sour cherry" (with syncopated beats), the eerie but bouncy "Alphabet pony", and the distorted sounds of "What New york used to be".
Closing is the tender acoustic "Goodnight bad morning" with Hince providing subtle harmonies for Mosshart's vocals. Lovely piano tinkling also.
A strong CD that should keep them in the public eye long after the tabloids tire of the Moss liaison.
"U.R.A. Fever" - starts off really laid-back with sluggish/cool vocals and soon becomes a steady, swaggering minimalist beat with electronic injections and phone noises. "Laughing like a seagull" - ?! LTM "We are a fever/ We ain't born typical" - so true! ****1/4
"Cheap And Cheerful" - "I want you to be crazy cuz yer boring baby when you are straight" - the album picks up the pace with this great beat and sexy vocals from Mosshart. ****1/2
"Tape Song" - "You got to go steel ahead!" . . . sometimes the lyrics you think you hear are even cooler than the real ones. Quirky, jerky and mechanical, this is neo-New Wave heaven. Mosshart blasts it way over the top! *****+
"Getting Down" - Jamie takes the lead vocal on this groover with subtle, down-tuned acoustic guitar chugging along to an insistent drum beat and "uh-uh-uh-uh-oww-owws." ****
"Last Day of Magic" - the grooviest, most addictive song of the bunch. Great guitar, love the chord changes. "A little tornado/ A little hurricane-o" . . . love the way they just sing whatever the F they want. *****+
"Hook & Line" - one of the heaviest cuts. Full of distorted guitar, it's a decent song but far from the best. ***1/4
"Black Balloon" - a mellower tune and one of the album's best melodies. Interesting percussion and a heavenly "middle 8.Read more ›
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