Today’s Daily Tune comes from yet another Album of the Year candidate, The Kills. The new album by The Kills is called Blood Pressures and will be released next week. The lead single off the album is for a song called Satellite, and I’m completely obsessed with both the song and music video.
My relationship with The Kills has always been an interesting one. I always wanted to like them more than I actually did until I heard their last album, Midnight Boom. As a departure from the gritty, bluesy, garage rock of their previous albums, Midnight Boom added synths, beats, and more electronic production into the mix, and was easily one of my favorite albums of 2008. Apparently many fans of The Kills were very disappointed in the new, more polished sound, but I thought it cleaned them up just enough, while still leaving the band rough around the edges. Now, more than 8 years since their debut, The Kills have delivered an absolute masterpiece of an album with Blood Pressures that perfectly fuses the sound of every album of theirs up until this point.
I think the thing that I love the most about the new Kills record is that it’s made me realize that I’d been growing with the band throughout my 20s and didn’t even know it until just now. You can tell that both Jamie Hince and lead-singer, Alison Mosshart, have grown so much in the last few years as artists and I feel as though I can relate to their growth, through growth of my own. Blood Pressures takes every album that I’ve loved since the age of 20 and mixes them altogether into a cornucopia of non-stop eargasm that has had me consistently hitting the repeat button more than I can remember doing in a very long time. The album is an A+ and is sure to be among my favorite albums of 2011.
Take a look at the gritty, somewhat stylish, and sexy video for Satellite and be sure to pick up their 4th album, Blood Pressures, when it hits stores next week.