A little context here: I out-and-out hated THE KILLS
first two albums. Those would be 2003's KEEP ON YOUR MEAN SIDE
and 2005's NO WOW
. But the critics ate them up, tripped & stumbled over themselves to compare American girl ALISON "VV" MOSSHART
& her Brit boy partner JAMIE "HOTEL" HINCE
to THE WHITE STRIPES
, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
, and PJ HARVEY
. Color me dumbfounded. Because all I
heard was a loud, tuneless mess -- with none of the energy and excitement that loud, tuneless messes can sometimes be good for.
So now comes record #3. That would be MIDNIGHT BOOM
, which will officially see the light of day on March 10. The fact that I like this one (a very little bit) may well signify that the critics are about to turn on this UK-based, garage-blues duo. (After all, receiving even a half-hearted thumbs-up from a blogger willing to dedicate a day to THE CARPENTERS
can't possibly be good for an artist's coolness quotient.)
But a half-hearted thumbs-up it is, because it seems that somebody has gone ahead and introduced these folks to the concept of a "hook." Things are still loud and, sometimes, still tuneless. But the bangin' bassline and growly-grrrl vocals on "Cheap and Cheerful" bring to mind THE DETROIT COBRAS
and THE GOSSIP
. And "Tape Song" has the air of YEAH YEAH YEAHS
working their black magic on a certain well-known CURE
composition. So... color me content.THE KILLS on MySPACE.
[MP3] "Cheap and Cheerful"
[MP3] "Tape Song" [REMOVED BY REQUEST]
Labels: mp3, the kills