Instead of further expanding and enhancing the Kills sound on Midnight Boom, the studiously slouchy duo of Alison “VV” Mosshart and Jamie “Hotel” Hince have gone the other way for an even rawer, more minimal brand of sleaze rock.
The most amazing thing about Midnight Boom is that they had to use four different sound engineers (who would probably rather not be named) to create the impression that they cut the whole thing on a boom box between some trash cans in a Brooklyn alley.
It sounds grimy enough to suit the lowdown vibe they’re after, but the songwriting is a letdown. You can only get so far on attitude alone.
The Kills kick up a rattling ruckus at the Opera House May 6.