The Kills - Midnight Boom (Domino)

01 May 2008

"the kills have, of late, become a name synonymous with more than just music. however, midnight bloom doesn't offer up any alarming change of direction in sound or ethos..."; release - '08
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The Kills - Midnight BoomThe Kills have, of late, become a name synonymous with more than just music. However, Midnight Boom doesn't offer up any alarming change of direction in sound or ethos. Rather the album is a logical progression from The Kills 'thus far', and is not a breakthrough commercial release riding the crest of a' Kate Moss wedding' wave.

Where Midnight Boom does differ from previous efforts is in a slightly slicker approach and- if at all feasible- even more confidence. Whereas once comparisons to The White Strips were appropriate in the absence of anything better, Midnight Bloom should prove that The Kills have more to offer than a poor man's 'Hotel Yorba'.

As melodic as it is sparse, Midnight Boom ranges from punk tinged 'Alphabet Pony', to moodier efforts including 'U.R.A Fever' and somewhere in between with 'Cheap and Cheerful'. Given that the Kills have often been guilty of the perpetuating an image that's so cool it's almost embarrassing, the record is a welcome reassurance that Hince and Mosshart are still capable of producing the goods when it matters.

A sit through Midnight Boom leaves you with a genuinely refreshing feeling of hearing a band who know their sound and are getting real good at it. With stand out tracks including the aforementioned 'Cheap and Cheerful', 'Sour Cherry' and 'Goodnight Bad Morning', the album demonstrates a scope which can surely satisfy any existing fans whilst enticing new listeners to the fold. And, in the current absence of that imminent Kate Moss wedding, who could ask for any more?

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