Midnight Boom

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Mar 18, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic 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. 90
    An album one suspects will age extremely well. [Mar/Apr 2008, p.106]
  3. Midnight Boom is the Kills' most consistent, varied, and inventive album yet, and proof that passion and creativity trump cool any day.
  4. Everything about Midnight Boom is impeccably executed.
  5. Intense doesn't begin to describe Midnight Boom, but loop the Russian roulette sequence from "The Deer Hunter," splice in some grainy security-cam voyeur-porn, pop it in the Videodrome VCR, and you'll at least get the picture.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    While thw band's deliberate nihilism can come off as a little overdone, Boom's nicotine sting--and the pair's push-me-pull-you chemistry--is still ridiculously sexy. [21 Mar 2008, p.59]
  7. 80
    The results--notably 'Cheap And Cheerful,' which suggests that Britney Spears' 'Toxic' made quite an impact on them and the chaotic 'Alphabet Pony'--are a revelation.
  8. It's a record that certainly stands up to comparison with their previous outings - sometimes bettering them--and, if you've been seduced by their charms in the past, be prepared to fall in lust all over again.
  9. The Kills most remarkable record to date.
  10. Most of the dozen songs on Midnight Boom are driven more by looped beats. As a result, the melodies on such tracks as "Getting Down," "Cheap and Cheerful" and the hand-clapping "Sour Cherry" are framed with spare urgency, while "U.R.A. Fever" and "Alphabet Pony" boast an urban, nearly hip-hop ambience.
  11. 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.
  12. Thanks, in no small part to Spank Rock producer Armani XXXchange, Midnight Boom also possesses of this air of modernity and experimentation which is never less than startling.
  13. Mojo
    The Kills sound and feel like no other band--nocturnal, wayout, untouchable. [Apr 2008, p.100]
  14. If there's one thing that defines Midnight Boom, it's the new sense of fun that The Kills seem to have discovered.
  15. In less talented hands, the dozen songs on this record easily could have sounded like a failed, high-concept art thesis, and to be perfectly objective, not every track really kills.
  16. 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.
  17. It’s immediately catchy, and as the rhyme above shows, they’re looser than ever, too.
  18. Florida-bred singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince built new tracks around the same sing-song rhythms. Their dark, sexy electro-rock sounds sharper and more memorable as a result.
  19. 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]
  20. Even listeners previously resistant to The Kills' studied cool may have to concede that Midnight Boom is a record of considerable energy and excitement.
  21. Midnight Boom" opens with its excellent first two singles, "U.R.A. Fever" and the danceable "Cheap And Cheerful," and from there things get pretty sleepy until the cheerfully blown-out "M.E.X.I.C.O.," a 97-second anthem so catchy that you'll get a callous on your thumb from skipping back to it.
  22. More glamorous but less versatile, the Kills are the easier listen, particularly if their superficiality is taken to be deliberate.
  23. It's a great trick of rearranging that pulls back the curtain dramatically, but nearly every other song on Midnight Boom seems to be waiting for this kind of moment, losing it to a pile on the cutting-room floor.
  24. PJ Harvey fans disappointed by last year's meditative "White Chalk" should find Midnight Boom a sick little delight.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 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 theThird 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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 27, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »
  3. 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,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. Full Review »