No Wow - The Kills
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  • Summary: This is the second album for the garage-blues duo of VV and Hotel (known to their parents as Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. The biggest advance is that the Kills now wrap their songs, from the enchanting "The Good Ones" to the especially anxious "I Hate the Way You Love," in melodies that are disarmingly sweet and seductive. [6 Mar 2005]
  2. No Wow steps up to the promise of their EPs and debut LP, a boisterous reminder that kids can still hook up to songs that are little more than a guitar and attitude.
  3. 75
    Romantic defeatism can be charming if you infuse it with enough daydreaming, art-school blues. [Mar 2005, p.92]
  4. 70
    The Kills have put some machine-generated flesh on their bare-bones style. [Apr 2005, p.123]
  5. One criticism of The Kills is that their stance can feel like a bit of a pose; sometimes it feels like there's a hole where the soul should be. The tracks can also sound a tad too similar.
  6. Generally less intense and more coy, ponderous and forced [than Keep On Your Mean Side]. [Apr/May 2005, p.132]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. SeamusS
    Apr 23, 2005
    Brilliant, Brutal, Beautiful The Three Bs of Rock Music This is an amazing cd TO agree with the review PURE SEX
  2. JohnR
    Apr 30, 2005
    Wanted to give it an 8.5....It's a good record, dark but not for show...Very effective.
  3. GianlucaM
    Jul 8, 2005
    This duo, after Keep on your mean side, demonstrate that they do good music. for me one of the best indie/rock album of 2005.
  4. DavisW
    May 4, 2005
    This band is more of a live act (highly, highly recommended if you haven't seen them) but the album is still a good listen. I find their debut "Keep On Your Mean Side" more sexy and more fun but this is still worthy of a purchase. Expand
  5. ChristopherL
    Nov 21, 2006
    Rodeo Town the standout track for me.
  6. JeremyBk
    Jul 18, 2005
    Maybe I should give the band a higher number. I like this album a lot, more than the first album, which I also liked a lot, though it was uneven. They are a very intelligent band, alternating very simple patterns, gradually and continuously. It's like minimalism in rock/punk/blues. I like this a lot more than White Stripes crap, which I worry they'll be compared to. The Stripes are so strident and aren't as subtle. But I quit listening to them after their second album, so maybe the comment's unfair. The lyrics on this new K's album are also funny --lots of small plays on patterns and cliches. Esp. Dead Rd. 7. They're playful and they have done a focused raw that's really good. The album isn't higher than a 7 bcs I don't know if it 'll last and don't think it's classic. But it's good. Expand
  7. MichaelK
    Mar 9, 2005
    They seem a bit over-hyped to me. Each song contains only around 20 seconds worth of ideas (a couple of riffs; maybe four lines of lyrics), and most of the songs bleed together. The sound is somewhere between the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and PJ Harvey's more raw material . . . only not as good. There's no emotional depth, which would be okay if they sounded like they were having fun. Instead, I'm left with the feeling that Hotel and V V are mostly interested in musical posturing. After slamming them like that, I'll admit that the title track is worth salvaging, although I'll probably scrap the rest. Expand

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