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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00078XKDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Wow
2. Love Is A Deserter
3. Dead Road 7
4. The Good Ones
5. I Hate The Way You Love
6. I Hate The Way You Love Part 2
7. At The Back Of The Shell
8. Sweet Cloud
9. Rodeo Town
10. Murdermile
11. Ticket Man

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Product Description

The Kills are VV (vocals, guitar) and Hotel (drums, vocals, guitar), and they're finally ready to end the wait. 'No Wow' is their heavily anticipated follow-up to 2002's Keep On Your Mean Side, and the album's seminal sweating, sultry stomp is sure to cause a stir. RCA. 2005.

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On their sophomore release, the Kills come on like a post-punk version of Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter--with "hate" tattooed on one hand, "love" on the other. Lyrics reference the two to the extent that there's even a song called "I Hate the Way You Love" (plus a slow version, "I Hate the Way You Love, Pt. 2"). Similarly, VV (Alison Mosshart) sings like a cross between PJ Harvey and Christina Martinez (Boss Hog). And yet, despite lines like, "Get the guns out" ("Love is a Deserter") and "Lost a lot of blood" ("At the Back of the Shell"), No Wow is too catchy to be a bummer (must be "love" asserting its presence). VV and Hotel (Jamie Hince) make their songs move and groove with a minimum of fuss, mostly just some grubby guitar, unobtrusive drum machine, and Suicide-like electronic pulses. Mitchum would surely approve. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

And really, really wow, not just 'cos it's like the album's name.
peteandcarlsgirl
I've heard the first single to be released, the incredibly catchy 'Good Ones' a bit on the radio and I ended up buying the album.
David L. Cole
I think it's more interesting, although their debut does have good melodies too.
E. Bijloo

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tankery VINE VOICE on March 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
So a guy and a girl want to make music and they get slammed for ripping off White Stripes. Come on.

I am enjoying this CD more than about any this year. Her voice is odd and compelling and compliments the jagged, hard driving minimalistic guitar work like nothing I've heard in awhile.

I don't care if they use drum machines. They do it better and more creatively than REM did it when their drummer called it quits. Drummers are probably hard to find and then you have to pay them and haul around all their equipment. (Besides if I had a lead singer that looked like her I would say, "No, no. We don't need anybody else. Not even a roadie. Just, ah, you and me, wink, okay?"

Seriously though. This is a great album from a band that hopefully will keep cranking it out. Jack White may have called attention to this raw, garage-like approach to music but a group like the Kills are extending this approach in their own unique direction.

It's refreshing, the lyrics are clever and interesting, and it has a hard-rocking, bluesy edge to it that makes for many and many quality listens.

(And yeah, she sounds like PJ Harvey. I have no problem with that. Hey we are what we eat. That's better than sounding like Stevie Nicks)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By peteandcarlsgirl on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wow. And really, really wow, not just 'cos it's like the album's name. This one's a stunner. No Wow is the sort of album that after one listen might not impress much. Then you listen again, and again, and it quickly becomes a favourite. Or at least it has for me.

Having heard 4 or 5 of the album tracks already, I knew what to expect. But I really isn't until you listen to the whole album that you hear such songs as lead single 'The Good Ones' and forthcoming single 'Love Is A Deserter', in context, at their best. Every song literally bristles with sexiness, with tension, as VV's moaning, strained vocals hover perfectly matched to Hotel's fuzzy guitar. Surely, if ever there was a match made in heaven, this was it.

It's an album on which you have to take a long, long time to choose stand out tracks. For me, it's the songs where VV really lets loose, where you hear what she can really do with that voice of hers. On 'Rodeo Town', the most calm and, in my opinion, most beautiful, of all the album's songs, VV's vocals are gorgeous, the song itself is amazing. 'Sweet Cloud' is notable for its particularly bitter chorus 'I know no words to fix my killing, but I'd do anything to bring my brother alive', and its nagging hook, that will absolutely stick in your head for days.

Now I've only mentioned the end half of the album so far, where the beginning is equally as good. The first 5 songs are just full of tension, the sort of pent up rock music that just makes you wanna pick up a guitar, or have sex, or drink, a lot. Something extreme anyway. As a record's beginning, they really knock you for six. Single 'The Good Ones' is the singular most sex-filled song I've ever known, it just bristles with energy, and it's dark lyrics really shine amongst The Kills' other babies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Takis Tz. on April 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Their debut album was already a hint for things to come. And initially, as i heard "No Wow" i had second thoughts as i was still under the influence of their first LP. I thought they went and fixed something that wasnt broken. But these second thoughts evaporated in a hurry after only a couple of hearings.

It's clear (at least to me by now) that the Kills have an irresistible formula in their hands and it seems they can go on pulling this off forever.

While their sound is yes a minimalist affair, it's richer yet than most bands out there. This is probably due to a very charismatic singer who can effortlessly come close to sound like one of the great modern female vocalists: P.J Harvey. I tend to think in fact, that, to bury her dirty-blues voice under anything more complex musically would be a crime. Her voice functions perfectly like an instrument for itself and it sets the cue for the dark moody and angry songs it delivers.

Sure, since the comparisons are there, the Kills lyrics might not be as intricate as Harvey's are, but then that would be my only critique on them. Because, other than that, this is one seriously addictive album. All based on one formula like their first one, but all of it hitting the spot regardless and repeatedly.

Some of the rather negative reviews i read here are clearly missing the score. Someone mentioned drum machines in a negative fashion. That perplexes me.

"No Wow" qualifies easily as one of the outstanding releases in the rock genre this year if only for its intimidating atmosphere and its creativity in combining rhythm and vocals. With better promotion this band would be going through a lot of people's ears who are actually being content with far less than what the Kills have to offer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Bauer on May 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
good album ... buy "Midnight Boom" if you're choosing between the two!
The sound is edgier and raw and they're honed in to a level that is near perfection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David L. Cole on April 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best albums I've heard for a good while. I've heard the first single to be released, the incredibly catchy 'Good Ones' a bit on the radio and I ended up buying the album. That was a great impulse buy; the entire album has the same, minimalist guitar and drums and the odd mix of vocals but without ever becoming repetitive or samey.

The two singers are a hell of a combination. At times VV has a voice with a fallen-angel quality before sounding like someone who has been at the Gauloises far too much while Hotel (the man) provides great support vocals. Not quite backing vocals, but I think it's fair to say that VV's voice carries the album more.

In short, it's a great album. Yes, it's a bit of PJ Harvey, White Stripes and Echo thrown in a blender, but I really couldn't care less. Go. Buy. Now.
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