Artist: The Kills
Title: “Blood Pressures”
Format: Digital (Spotify)
Increasingly, The Kills’ Alison “VV” Mosshart and Jamie “Hotel” Hince are known less for being The Kills than for how they spend their spare time.
Mosshart hitched her star to Jack White’s wagon with The Dead Weather while Hince got hitched to Kate Moss in ’11.
Sexual tension was the formula on which the band was built, so without that, The Kills rely on skill. Under that guise, “Future Starts Slow” reads both as a statement from the band as well as a strutting opener to “Blood Pressures,” the London-based group’s fourth LP.
Stripped of some of their tension, The Kills burn through their minimalist garage rock, as the catchy “Nail in My Coffin” shows. Much like The Dead Weather, the drums land with an echoing thud on the track and leave Mosshart room to wind up.
Still, some of “Blood Pressures” struggles to find a foothold. For every successful track, there’s two that are average rockers.
That leaves “Blood Pressures” with some quality tracks, but not enough to rise to required listening.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.