On their sophomore release No Wow, the tandem of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince release a rock album that is alive, dangerous, and knocking at your door. Under the aliases W and Hotel, the duo has released a set of songs that are extremely sexy, filled with lust, and very, very drrty. The sound of the guitars is distorted and raw, making a perfect sonic match with such a stripped down voice. Their sound evoked comparisons with current rock-minimalist honchos Death From Above 1979, their New York counterparts the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and old schooler PJ Harvey. I would imagine if the guitars were turned up a bit, and the lead vocals changed to a male, one would have You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, by DFA1979. This is not a knock in any way on The Kills, more of an appreciation of the different but equal qualities of lead rock women. The album explodes out of the gate with No Wow, and doesn't let up with Dead Road. The twin tracks I Hate the Way You Love Part 1 and 2 are a great example of this love/hate album, while At the Back of the Shell gets you dancing and W tells us how she "..lost a lot of blood/lost a lot of cool, cool, cool". Rock and roll. It is claimed on the first track that there "ain't no wow now", you are going to have a tough time convincing me.
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