The Kills friggen kill.
By William S. Razor, Ret.
I’m a HUGE fan of The White Stripes & Jack White. When Jack came out with a new band, The Dead Weather, I was eager to hear. I thought it was merely okay, but something intrigued me about the lead female singer, Alison Mosshart (a.k.a. VV), whom I’d never heard of before. Turns out she came from a band called The Kills which has a similar (not identical, just vaguely similar) dynamic as The White Stripes: one dude and one chick, garage rock blues, etc. I listened to this entire album and loved it. But their dynamic also reminds me of another power duo. Jamie Hince’s (a.k.a. Hotel) musical style is rather similar to one Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame: the bluesy guitar work somewhat, but particularly his voice. While Alison does not exactly sing like Sting, her higher range vocal compliments Jamie’s lower range much as how Sting’s does for Mark Knopfler on “Money for Nothing.” That dynamic, mixed with very raw electric guitar sounds, mixed with very cool and totally unique beats, The Kills friggen kill. If you’re into that sort of thing, download this album. (I’m not as impressed with their newest album Midnight Boom, though I really like “Sour Cherry” and “Last Day of Magic.”) I see this is considered the “Deluxe Edition” and appears to have five more songs than the non-deluxe, so definitely go with this one (especially considering as of now the price is identical). Besides, I see the reviews from the non-deluxe have a number of listener complaints that iTunes messed up the order of the songs. Don’t know if they corrected it there, but the order on this deluxe edition is spot on as far as I can tell.