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Blood Pressures

The Kills

Blood Pressures

Fourth studio album by the transatlantic duo, featuring more blues riffs, dirty electronics and boy/girl vocals

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
Domino
UK Release date
04/04/2011
US Release date
12/03/2011
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    A leathery femme fatale massacre, the fourth LP from the roguish pair is sexy, sleazy and sassy
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  2. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Adds a certain humanity to their swagger, a product of their further experimentation with live instruments
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  3. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Blood Pressures screams. It's a fantastic record. A clanking, bluesy, sleazy, sexy thing. It could be clichéd, but it isn't. It could just be a retread of former glories, but it isn't
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    It’s a bruisingly brilliant experience
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  5. 9.0 |   Blurt

    Everything from motorik trance-rock and glutinous glam to ‘80s-throwback New Wave and mutant girl-group pop
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  6. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    A compelling forty minutes
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  7. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    For maybe the first time in their career, the Kills seem capable of not just one classic album, but many
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  8. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The chemistry between Mosshart and Hince must be more intense than ever, because their fourth album is also their finest
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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A discernable individuality, an untampered with, easily identifiable sound and, on Blood Pressures, a new-found ease at writing fully fledged, entirely believable pop songs
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  10. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s just a bit darker, a bit moodier, and with it Mosshart has firmly cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with
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  11. 8.0 |   The Fly

    It’s the kind of album that anxious 60s parents used to play backwards in search of corrupting satanic messages, such is its filthy tension
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  12. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    They spike their sparse blues-print with humour and humanity, dub grooves and Southern gothic flavours
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  13. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Blood Pressures is a real triumph - edgy, dark and fun it will please old fans and win them some more
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  14. 8.0 |   Spin

    A more expansive sound from the London-based blues-punk duo
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  15. 8.0 |   BBC

    At its best, material on this album matches the seductive, shop-soiled greasiness of early tracks like Fried My Little Brains, from 2003
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  16. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Proves that they are more than just robots and distortion; the Kills are indeed talented musicians
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  17. 7.5 |   Prefix

    Shows the band as an institution still worthy of adulation, mainstream or not
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  18. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Blood Pressures won't leave you feeling clean, but The Kills have found redemption
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  19. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An absorbing and enthralling addition to the Kills growing catalog
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  20. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The Kills are back - still covered in dirt, sleaze and reverb, but with a cleaner, softer centre
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  21. 7.0 |   NME

    Pretty essential listening
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  22. 6.5 |   Bowlegs

    The Kills are great at what they do: this record will tell you that. But the moments when they reach a little deeper demonstrate they’re a band with unexplored depths
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  23. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    A return to the Kills' beatbox-blues origins as well an attempt to broaden their palette with more sensitive, intimate turns
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  24. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    If only The Kills sounded as good as they look
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  25. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Somehow all the charismatic swagger and talk of the musical heat between them doesn't quite translate into truly intense or explosive results
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  26. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Finds them turbo-charging their sound, the familiar primeval bluesy rock combined with bigger grooves and almost Burundi-type drumming
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  27. 6.0 |   Q

    They're better when they stop trying so hard. Print edition only

  28. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Raises only a steady pulse. Print edition only

  29. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    They sound happiest with drum machine in walloping mode, powering such edgy rockers as Future Starts Slow, Damned If She Do and You Don't Own The Road
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  30. 6.0 |   The Observer

    With one or two exceptions, on Blood Pressures they stick to their tried-and-tested blues-rock formula
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  31. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Blood Pressures works mostly because of how fully the duo believes in the junk they're spitting out
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  32. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    The Kills’ gimmicky aesthetic has never brought anything beneficial to the table; it’s only been a needless distraction hampering an otherwise-promising songwriting team
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  33. 5.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    An album that holds so much promise, but never quite manages to follow through
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  34. 4.0 |   Eye Weekly

    Without the hooks, Blood Pressures is reduced to a sluggish, forgettable mess
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