Best Albums Of 2012 – #14 – Chromatics – Kill For Love

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There’s a basic rule of thumb in screenwriting that you have the first 10 minutes to hook the audience and tell them what your film is about. From the opening notes of “Into The Black“, Chromatics‘s moody cover of the Neil Young tune on Kill For Love, it’s a phantasmagoric opening sequence that shatters expectations and builds an excited tension that’s eclipsed rapturously by the the dizzying, dazzling “Kill For Love“.

The eponymous single–and crux of this record–thrusts a momentum that the rest of the songs dutifully unfurl, with Ruth Radelet’s monotone siren’s song is the star of this melancholic and euphoric noir. And like any good movie, it is mindful of the listener, even if it leaves him in the midst of an open-ended finale, the last notes of “The River” as mysteriously gripping as when Kill For Love started seventy-seven minutes ago.

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