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  • Summary: "Coincidentally" released on the same day as the fourth album by the White Stripes, to whom the Kills are frequently compared, 'Mean Side' is the debut full-length for the UK blues-rock duo of VV (aka Alison Mosshart) and Hotel, who are backed by a drum machine (a la the Raveonettes).
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. No, it's not the new White Stripes record -- it's something infinitely better.
  2. 80
    The duo's liking for repetitive Royal Trux-style riffage forms the core of their debut but they frequently explore more sparse territories. [Apr 2003, p.110]
  3. In a sea of pretenders, the Kills are capable of providing some genuine competition for the White Stripes.
  4. It would make the perfect soundtrack for an evening spent terrorizing hitchhikers and toppling portable toilets.
  5. [A] bruising disc of post-modern blues.
  6. The Kills' sludgy punk-blues doesn't contain many pop melodies or catchy choruses.
  7. The Kills make the least of their limitations -- rather than magnifying the importance of each choice, the simplicity of the Kills reveals how little thought went into any choice.

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  1. FavianR
    Jan 15, 2005
    10
    raw, nitty gritty, in your face... its a rock blues that I can steady step to with my boogie shoes. The heavy distorted bass lines and the raw, nitty gritty, in your face... its a rock blues that I can steady step to with my boogie shoes. The heavy distorted bass lines and the bellowing guitar riffs that make me want to growl, its a wonder these guys haven't already made it bigger. Do they have anymore albums? I want them, I want her, an amazingly sexy voice and they work extremely well together as singers. Bring them to Austin, Texas, we will listen. Sincerely, Favian Hail,Hail Rock N Roll Expand
  2. ianw
    Apr 10, 2003
    9
    fuck the people
  3. LenaL
    Jul 29, 2003
    9
    I thought it was grand
  4. BlancoAlegua
    Mar 27, 2004
    9
    Damned good album. It's got a raw, powerful groove to it. A little hard to believe they're English....
  5. Feb 15, 2012
    9
    The Kills most consistently high quality album from start to finish. Every song on here is good and there are some real classic blues rockThe Kills most consistently high quality album from start to finish. Every song on here is good and there are some real classic blues rock riffs on here. A proper rock and roll record in every sense. Expand
  6. May 6, 2011
    8
    Whoa! I just bouth this re-issued today (May, 2011) and you get really good solid songs with 5 extra tracks than the original did. (I lilkeWhoa! I just bouth this re-issued today (May, 2011) and you get really good solid songs with 5 extra tracks than the original did. (I lilke it better than Dead Weather, because I coudln't make out who was singing on that album -- .Jack White or Allison??? Some of the music on this album sounds like Velvet Underground circa Andy Warhol banana album - it's that good! This is highly recommended at Reckless records (London/Chicago) where I got it, and now by me too! Get the re-issue if you can, it clocks in at almost 1 hour of hot, solid, alt-blues rock!!! I can't beleive i missed this one when it first came out. Expand

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