Midnight Boom - The Kills
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  • Summary: The third album for the indie rock duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. As vision, still somewhere between narrow and ignant. Yet not a boho archetype for nothing.
  2. Everything about Midnight Boom is impeccably executed.
  3. Not only have The Kills delivered a rock'n'roll album of note, it's one that achieves the rare trick of weaving timelines and timelessness with indecent ease.
  4. It’s the instant gratification--the sheer consistency of fun--that makes Midnight Boom so irresistible to begin with. It is what it is, basically.
  5. 70
    The duo's relentless cool never quite tips over into White Stripes-style heat, giving Midnight Boom the unapproachable, icy allure of a runway model. [Mar 2008, p.104]
  6. Even listeners previously resistant to The Kills' studied cool may have to concede that Midnight Boom is a record of considerable energy and excitement.
  7. These aren’t very good songs, and the band’s agenda--sounding bored and chic, simultaneous distancing and beckoning, creating revulsion and desire--seems to tilt, in the end, more toward fashion than music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 27, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Midnight Boom sometimes is a flirt with electronic music, sometimes just indie and I must say: it is even better than harsh, garage sound from No Wow. The best word that describes my personal favourite, "Last Day of Magic", is just... sexy. Every song is approachable and you cannot easily forget that wonderful music. Expand
  2. May 28, 2011
    This is just pure sleaze... and it's bloody marvellous! All the choonz deliver a hook that stay in your brain for weeks. The song structures, although simplistic, are extremely stylish which reflects the band members perfectly. It's not the most original or varied of music but if every band were like Radiohead the industry would collapse, brilliant as they are. Buy if you like uncomplicated guitar music, and because VV is fit. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2011
    Midnight Boom is a strange album. Has some really playful hooks but also some dark lyrics at the same time. Allison Mosshart mixes blues rock with some punk rock and it sounds great. Jamie Hince adds some great vocals also. All In All, Midnight Boom is a pretty good listen. B+ Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2012
    Third record from one of the coolest sounding bands around. This has the Kills most instant and accessible songs and the first half of the record goes by at blistering pace. Mosshart does some of her best work here. The second half slows down a bit and closes beautifully with the brilliantly titled Goodnight Bad Morning. Expand

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