The Kills began making a name for themselves with 2003's critically
acclaimed Keep On Your Mean Side. Love Is A Deserter is the second single
from the follow up album, No Wow.
The Kills are VV (Alison Mosshart - vocals), and Hotel (Jamie Hince -
vocals/guitar), with a drum machine as a guest member. Their music is
renowned for being dirty, dark, and bluesey, and Love Is A Deserter certainly
conforms to this formula. Vocal duty is still shared between VV and Hotel as
they seem to sing over each other in competition for rights to the
Love Is a Deserter, however, is missing something: Hotel's feral guitar
sounds as if trapped in a cage, and fights through the whole song to break
out and run rampant, but, sadly, never does. The song is void of the vicious,
infectious, rabid bite that we have come expect from The Kills, lacking any
real hooks that came by the dozen on songs like Cat Claw from Keep On Your
Mean Side. Minor quibbles though as we welcome The Kills' wild blues back to
our CD players.