Album: The Kills, Blood Pressures (Domino)

"She comes alive when she's dying", sings Alison Mosshart on "Damned if You Do", a spirit of last-gasp jubilance that infects the latest from the fashion-pack rockers, who skimmed the zeitgeist sometime back in 2005.

Nonchalant no more, here they spike their sparse blues-print with humour and humanity, dub grooves and Southern gothic flavours. And what's that but Jamie Hince doing his best John Lennon on starry-eyed interlude "Wild Charms"?