Blood Pressures - The Kills
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  • Summary: Ending a multi-year hiatus, The Kills return with another album of minimalist garage punk.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 91
    The blues-punk duo builds another near masterpiece. [8 Apr 2011, p.59]
  2. Apr 4, 2011
    86
    Blood Pressures mixes heavy, gainy hard-rocking guitars with a whole lot of making love to the mic.
  3. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    So, while Blood Pressures isn't quite as singular or great an album as Midnight Boom is, it does show that the latter record wasn't a fluke, wasn't the kind of classic that a minor band can almost stumble upon once in a career.
  4. Apr 6, 2011
    75
    It's hard to shake the feeling that the band's fourth album, Blood Pressures, is the one that will take The Kills to the next level.
  5. It's business as usual on the whole.
  6. Apr 4, 2011
    63
    On Blood Pressures, the fourth studio album from singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince, the duo adds a few twists to the formula.
  7. Apr 5, 2011
    58
    In spite of some solid material and smoky performances by Mosshart, Blood Pressures does little to change that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 9, 2011
    10
    I think its really awesome actually, you can sense some influence from dead weather in this darker album, The kills never disappoint, i think that Midnight Boom was their best album, but this one is pretty close to it, songs like future starts slow, nail in my coffin or teh last goodbye are an incredible composition of music and lyrics, thanks for another great album from the kills! Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2011
    9
    I'm compelled to write a review about this album because I feel as though it is the best album released so far in 2011 (better than the Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde; Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean; and yes Radiohead's - King Of Limbs). I know that is a bold statement, but the tracks on this album are strong and the Kills have evolved just enough since Midnight Boom to make this album a near masterpiece. I agree with the other user reviews that this album is not as good as Midnight Boom (Midnight Boom was a masterpiece) because a few tracks are somewhat boring on this record (i.e. Pots and Pans; You Don't Own The Road). I have noticed that the bpm has slowed down on most tracks. At first I was expecting more tracks to be upbeat, but the slower tracks have truly grown on me (i.e. Future Starts Slow; The Last Goodbye; Baby Says). I will admit that the best tracks on the record are the upbeat tracks (i.e. Nail In My Coffin; Heart Is A Beating Drum). It really gets to me when people make references to The Dead Weather because I feel that the Kills (and the White Stripes) were better off before the collaboration and that the albums made by those two groups are much better than either of the Dead Weather records. This album is no different. The Kills have ultimately returned to form, with the addition of slight tweaks that appropriately make this album a real winner. Expand
  3. May 9, 2011
    8
    The Kills are at it again. They've gotten darker than their previous work, and I'd say its turned out a good sound. This isn't Midnight Boom (their best album - easily IMO), but it still showcases Alison as the baddedst chick in rock n' roll. Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2012
    8
    Although not their best, this is still a solid blues rock record from The uber cool Kills. Real music you can dance too. The band are on great form here and show no signs of relinquishing their hold on their ice cool rock crown. Heart is a Beating Drum and Damned if She Do are the highlights for me. Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2011
    8
    Blood Pressures is not their best album (I'd say that distinction goes to Midnight Boom) but for those of us who can't enough Mosshart in our lives, this album should fill the void until the Dead Weathers next album. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2011
    6
    Well, there are a few odd turns, but "Blood Pressures" is pretty much the same amalgam of raw, tense, amateurish delivery that's been conveyed throughout their career. Mosshart has undoubtedly improved her skills over the years and can perform a fairly convincing torch singer's touch ("The Last Goodbye") along with her usual tortured moans. By contrast, when Hince steps up to sing on the turgid "Wild Charms" one suggests he should concentrate solely on instrumental duties.Leaving behind the more dance oriented rhythms of "Midnight Boom", and although aiming for the carnal blues rock of "No Wow" there's a cleaner, less energised feel to the record. The cod reggae of "Satellite" sounds like it's powered by Prozac, and the resignation in Mosshart's vocal on "DNA" suggests minimal enthusiasm to the cause. She saves her best performance for "The Last Goodbye"; a melancholic piano ballad that resonates with an emotional intensity rarely found on the rest of this collection. For fans, "Blood Pressures" is a fine if sanitized version of former glories. With all the activity away from the band, one wonders if hooking up once again was more obligatory than inspirational, and may explain the tame, uninspired nature of this recording. http://hackskeptic.com Expand
  7. Mar 26, 2012
    5
    The Kills were a band that I never listened to until I heard The Dead Weather. I don't love The Dead Weather, but I liked them enough to want to check out this other band Alison Mosshart was in. To be completely honest, a lot of the songs on this album just didn't resonate with me. There is nothing bad on the album, but not much that is particularly great for me either. The one exception would be 'The Last Goodbye' which is a simple yet emotional piano ballad that is unlike anything else on the album. Maybe I need to start at the beginning of this band's career to get into them, but this album definitely didn't get me on the bandwagon. Expand