"Midnight Boom" by The Kills

The Kills
Midnight Boom

Eleven: A Music Company
2008

Review

Please listen to "Sour Cherry" and then come back to this text.

Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince produced an album that I really, really liked ("No Wow") but that I thought was a bit hindered by some simplistic pre-programmed drum sequences. See, The Kills are just them. There ain't nobody else. Neither of the two are drummers which means that Mr. Drum Machine has to supply the drums. I have to say that this time around he's gotten a lot better.

The Kills represent stripped down dirty rock and roll. It has to be stripped down given the constraints of two guitarists/vocalists and a drum machine. Jack White (who is in a new band called "The Dead Weather" with Alison) has once said that in many ways the constraint of working with just one other person is in many ways liberating. Well, I think that on this album The Kills have found their groove (not to say the last album was bad; their last album was quite good). Lyrically don't expect to too much other than words that sound cool over the beats provided. Take for example the following lyrics from the opener "Cheap and Cheerful"

"I want you to be crazy because you're boring baby when you're straight /I want you to be cause you're stupid baby when you're sane"

Or better yet the following lyric from "Getting Down"

"uh, uh, uh, uh,uh, uh, uh, owwwww"

With straightforward beats and lyrics, performance goes a long way as evidenced by "Hook and Line" with it's few repeated lyrics and sparse distorted guitars. Try to imagine other singers that could pull off the song.

My favorite song on the album is "Sour Cherry". This song makes me wish I had a fast car and a streak for breaking the law so I could drag race to it.

Also take a look at "Black Balloon" which I feel is the best Garbage song that Garbage never wrote (I mean that in a good way).

This is rock and roll for getting dressed up for a night out when you want to feel good about yourself. Maybe you want to feel a bit dangerous. Put this on while you are ironing and trying to figure out what the first drink is that you are gonna have when you arrive to your destination.

4.333 out of 5