Between the last two Kills records, singer Alison Mosshart made two psychedelic blues rock albums with Jack White and the Dead Weather. Though they were solid records, it is nice to see her return to her original group with Jamie Hince to make Blood Pressures (now if only Jack White would rethink the fate of the White Stripes! – but I digress). Blood Pressures is great. It’s a dirty rock record with a lot of fight to it. Track by track the Kills have made a consistently strong album. The driving low-tom drum beat and ambient guitars of the opener “Future Starts Slow” create a soundscape perfect for a late night drive or your next flight from justice. The Strokes-esque “The Heart is a Beating Drum” is a highlight as are “Damned If She Do” and the playful “Baby Says.” The song “Wild Charms” which is the only track sung by Hince has a vibe similar to John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” and transitions nicely with Mosshart’s vocals on the following song “DNA.” In the end, check out this record if you are looking for something to fill the gaping hole in your heart The White Stripes left when they broke up.
Essential Tracks: “The Future Starts Slow” & “The Heart is a Beating Drum”