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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
    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 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 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 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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