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Classic Album Review: The Kills | Keep On Your Mean Side

The garage-rock duo's dark, hypnotic debut draws you in and hooks you good.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


MEMBERS: Singer-guitarist Alison Mosshart (aka VV) and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Hince (aka Hotel).

HOME BASE: Mosshart, formerly of the punk band Discount, hails from Florida, but this album was recorded in Hince’s hometown of London (at Toe Rag, the same studio where The White Stripes recorded Elephant).

MUSICAL GENRE: Lo-fi garage-blues. Falling smack-dab between the blues-influenced style of The White Stripes and the decadent scuzz-rock of Royal Trux, Mosshart and Hince weave together sneering, sultry vocals, stompy basement-band rhythms and snarling, fuzzed-out guitar abuse into dark, hypnotic spells like Superstition, Cat Claw and Fried My Little Brains — tunes that draw you in and hook you like a silver-tongued dealer.

PERFECT ALBUM FOR: Buying now before the word gets around.

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