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The Kills: Blood Pressures

The Kills newest album has a tamer, “less menacing” sound.

(Domino)

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Gone are the days when The Kills used to sound “as if it was them against the world,” said Jordan Zivitz in the Montreal Gazette. Roughly a decade ago, singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince developed a grimy signature sound that combined distorted blues guitar and “abrasive” electronic beats with shrieking vocals. Here, a “less menacing” approach is established from the opening cut: “Future Starts Slow,” a track that features a ringing U2-style guitar riff, marks a new career high point. Mosshart proves to be remarkably versatile, said Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune. She adds a “Peggy Lee smolder” on “Heart Is a Beating Drum,” and manages a “pretty good impression of a torch singer” on “The Last Goodbye.” The “tamer approach isn’t entirely successful, though, and the album runs out of steam” halfway through. The rest doesn’t sound like a reinvention. It merely sounds like “a more polite version of The Kills.”

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