Michael Endelman
March 07, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

No Wow

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
RCA
genre
Rock, Blues

We gave it a B

Yes, the Kills are a male-female rock duo specializing in swampy indie blues that sounds like it was recorded in a mud-spattered basement. But, no, they’re not Jack-and-Meg wannabes. On their second full-length, the transatlantic pair — Florida singer Alison Mosshart (sounding eerily like PJ Harvey) and London guitarist Jamie Hince — use overdriven riffs and ticky-tacky drum-machine beats to create a steamy mood of sexual menace and druggy abandon. Cold shower, anyone?

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