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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. Though the album could use a bit more grit and grime, it's still remarkably solid.
  3. 80
    A record of substance, one that stands head and shoulders above today's garage bashers. [May 2003, p.89]
  4. It would make the perfect soundtrack for an evening spent terrorizing hitchhikers and toppling portable toilets.
  5. There are a few moments of weakness on Keep on Your Mean Side - most notably where V.V. and Hotel get a little too repetitive or too simplistic for their own good – but it's easy to move past these minor instances without it detracting from the album too much.
  6. 60
    Cocky and nicotine-stained, the Kills revive the cheap art of sinister underground rock and puzzling, mysterious pseudonyms. [May 2003, p.121]
  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
    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
    fuck the people
  3. LenaL
    Jul 29, 2003
    I thought it was grand
  4. BlancoAlegua
    Mar 27, 2004
    Damned good album. It's got a raw, powerful groove to it. A little hard to believe they're English....
  5. Feb 15, 2012
    The 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
    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 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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