Jamie Hince and Alison Mossheart released their long-awaited fourth record today, and it is a doozy--if you're an established fan of the Kills' trademark heavy blues-rock, Blood Pressures won't disappoint; if you're new to the game, it's also a worthwhile place to start before working backward into the band's stellar previous records.
Blood Pressures' first single, the rambling "Satellite," has been floating around for a few weeks now; it's also one of the album's best tracks, but there are several songs on this record destined to become Kills classics. Other standouts (there are many)--the stately, pathos-laden opener, "Future Starts Slow," the flashing, disdainful "Nail in My Coffin," and the wickedly smoldering "DNA." Hince's guitar sounds robust, like it means business; Mossheart's vocals sound as tantalizing as ever--this album's all about the snarling, seductive attitude the Kills pull off again and again. Rob Sheffield's review of the album for Rolling Stone is right on--"All over Blood Pressures, the Kills build up a mood of seething sexual tension--like everybody in the club is getting hot but nobody's getting lucky."Blood Pressures is streaming in its entirety on the band's official website right now; but this is really a record you need to own. Also, this band sounds ridiculously good on vinyl.