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The Kills' "DNA" is fuzzy and catchy, but not all that sweet — just the way garage rock should be.
The Kills' "DNA" is fuzzy and catchy, but not all that sweet — just the way garage rock should be. Courtesy of the artist
Artist: The Kills
CD: Blood Pressures
The term "garage rock" conjures images of loud, forceful music, often with heavy distortion, thudding kick drums and hollered vocals. Yet somehow The Kills' members achieve a similarly dark, tense effect in an understated way, utilizing only guitar, vocals and the oft-dreaded drum machine.
Much like the genetic double helix for which it's named, "DNA" is a delicate but powerful construction. With a stripped-down drum-machine line (mostly just sticks on the rim) and playful guitar, Alison Mosshart sings with great purpose of a lost love determined not to break her, or her lover. The vocals are often sung in unison with the already simple guitar part. The stacking of basic, minimalist components allows "DNA" to seem both light in feeling and dark in tone, and it's engineered to sound like you're listening to a well-loved record. It's all covered in a lo-fi shroud with a few pops in the middle — fuzzy and catchy, but not all that sweet, just the way garage rock should be.