After reading the other reviews I am going to have to listen to Blood Pressures a few more times before I give up on it, but this album isn't even close to the others in my opinion. I just found this band and have been borderline obsessed with Midnight Boom & Keep on Your Mean Side. After listening to No Wow I began to think these guys were infallable until listening to Blood Pressures. I am hoping its just a temporary disappointment and a few more listens will allow me to hear it, but if you are checking out The Kills for the first time you may want to try Midnight Boom
Such a vast improvement!
This album is such a huge improvement over Midnight Boom that I'm a little shocked that the two albums sprang from the same band. This album is darker, grittier, deeper, sexier, and rocks way harder. There's even a little bit of swamp going on, which I love.
The guitar, which showed promise and hints of brilliance on the former album, is a huge sound now with a more muscular and fuzzy feel. Alison's vocals are primal and commanding here. She goes hard and becomes one of the best female rock voices. Showing a true growth as an artist whereas her vocals and lyrics were a little bit oddball and inconsistent on the last album. Here we see excellent story telling and consistent album progression.
There are fewer slow songs and/or songs that have a softer edge here as well. Small doses of that prove to be ok as seen here, whereas it loses it's effectiveness on the prior album. Wild Charms works well and I love how it flows into DNA.
The last album also had too many tricks and digitized sounds. Far too poppy and shallow. This effort is blessedly and gloriously raw and stripped thus skyrocketing the album's integrity. Clearly her time with Dead Weather helped Alison connect with something deeper and closer to the true heart of rock music.
The only anomaly on this album, in my mind, is Last Goodbye. It doesnt seem to fit with the themes or flow of this album and comes off more like a holdover from the first album. Also, i felt a slightly jarring change of tempo at times on an otherwise excellent Damned If She Do.
Other than those minimal nit picks, this is an otherwise tour de force of a rock album and I sincerely hope to hear more like this album from The Kills.
The Best Kills Album Yet
The Kills are a perfect example of a band that improves with every album, and "Blood Pressures" is no exception. Easily dependable, and mega-talented, the duo, who obviously has an adoration for "Sonic Youth" and the New Wave, is completely in tune with their talents. Whereas their former albums include just a few hits (not including "Midnight Boom", another minor masterpiece), every song on "Blood Pressures" pulses along with utter perfection. The album starts off with a bang with the near retro "Future Starts Slow", but compared to the rest, it's just the beginning. "Satellite" plays with a sleek, reggae feel that moves along with a steady beat that somehow manages to make you feel cool while you listen to it. "Heart Is a Beating Drum", my favorite song on the album, rings with popping guitar riffs and a brilliant Mosshart performance. "Nail in My Coffin" is catchy, while Hince's "Wild Charms" is decent, but once again reminds us why Mosshart is the front of the band. "DNA" has a great guitar riff and Mosshart's voice is throaty and seductive; "Baby Says" is a flawless homage to the New Wave. "The Last Goodbye" is touching and unlike anything "The Kills" have ever done; and the last three tracks, "Damned if She Do", "You Don't Own the Road", and "Pots and Pans" are stunningly original and stylish. "Blood Pressures" is a great album, once again reminding us how much of a shame it is that they aren't so recognized.
By Keys fan
@El Gato Negro:
Mediocre side projects? lol, The Dead Weather is far from mediocre. And their vocals are so in sync I was never even concious of the fact that Jamie's singing on any of the tracks until you pointed it out.
I previewed songs from other Kills' albums, and it sounded like there was a few good tracks here and there, but I guess most of it just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm not really thrilled by the one or two slower tracks on this one, but the rest are awesome!
Overall, I enjoyed her vocals on The Dead Weather (listened to them first), and I enjoy her vocals here too. Love the instrumentation as well. Couldn't really be happier with the album.
Originally thinking that Midnight Boom was their best, oh no no no. I take it back. This is definitely their best, by far. Every song is perfect. What I love about this album, is that they've gone back to their dirty blues roots, like Keep On Your Mean Side, but made it more sophisticated. This album is focused, gritty, sexy, and wonderful. I just really wished more people appreciated them! I've seen them live twice now, and have been blown away. They are the true definition of rock n' roll.
What a solid album! Personally I like them better than the White Stripes. Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are just awesome as f**k.
I heard the song DNA on secret circle and I fell in love with the band:)
By trying to find a handle
Can't believe I just found out about this band! Not since learning about 22-20s have I been this excited about a band.
was hoping for something more
By Ben Hill
All songs on this album are painfully anti-climactic.
By Tommy Can You Hear Me?
The Kills are one of the most consistently amazing bands going. I always get nervous when my favorite bands release albums because I am convinced that each new one could be the one where they choke, The Kills are most definitely not choking here. Karens amazing voice and Jamie's inspired guitar playing leave little to be desired as always. This os one of their best albums, if not the best. Simply brilliant.