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God Games is the sixth studio album by English-American indie rock duo the Kills, released on October 27, 2023 through Domino. It follows seven years after their previous album, 2016's Ash & Ice, and was produced by Paul Epworth. The album was preceded by the dual lead single "New York" / "LA Hex",[1] and received acclaim from critics.

Background and music

Guitarist Jamie Hince stated that he intended to make a side project to compose music "that wasn't like The Kills" before he "quickly realized it was The Kills". He and producer and drummer Paul Epworth worked more on programming rather than guitar-based music as with previous Kills albums.[2] The Independent described the music as "Siouxsie Sioux and a hex" with "corroded dub, voodoo funk, insidious gospel, junk shop pop and even a bit of flamenco calypso".[3]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
American Songwriter[2]

God Games received a score of 82 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic based on 11 critics' reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[4] Hal Horowitz of American Songwriter wrote that the duo "prove that the time off hasn't dulled their artistic edge" and remarked that the absence of guitar work on some tracks "delineates how this disc has shifted away from the twosome's previous work", which "makes for an intense, generally unrelenting forty-minute project; one that pushes The Kills into fresh musical territory".[2] Mojo described the album as "sun-scorched Californian jams",[7] while Uncut felt that "the set ranges ambitiously from hypnotic, twisted love songs such as '103' and the title track to the warped gospel undertones of 'My Girls My Girls' and 'LA Hex', courtesy of the Compton Kidz Club Choir".[8]

Joe Goggins of DIY stated that the album "comes over sounding like their most ambitious and handsome release yet" and while one might "wish The Kills were a touch more prolific, especially in recent years", the album, "like its predecessors, has proved worth the wait".[5] Exclaim!'s Alan Ranta opined that "while the band has always been a rock-first concern, the core of God Games is in its mature, layered and emotive downtempo pop balladry". Ranta ended his review by saying "here's hoping their magic still has enough juju to make it happen, for all our sake. If the strange alchemy of their career holds, better days may very well be ahead".[6] Cheri Amour of The Arts Desk found that Epworth has "trace[d] them back to that darker strain of rolling rock", describing it as "a rejoiceful return".[9]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart.

God Games track listing
1."New York"4:04
2."Going to Heaven"3:48
3."LA Hex"3:14
4."Love and Tenderness"2:40
6."My Girls My Girls"3:38
8."Kingdom Come"3:19
9."God Games"2:25
11."Bullet Sound"3:47
12."Better Days"2:47
Total length:39:25


The Kills

Additional musicians

  • Fred Martin – choir vocal arrangement, choir vocals (tracks 3, 6)
  • Zharia Clausell – choir vocals (tracks 3, 6)
  • Tiana Paul – choir vocals (tracks 3, 6)
  • Tai Philips – choir vocals (tracks 3, 6)
  • Tunay Raymond – choir vocals (tracks 3, 6)

Technical personnel

  • Paul Epworth – production (tracks 1–8, 10, 11)
  • Riley MacIntyre – additional production (tracks 9, 12), mixing (2, 7), engineering (all tracks)
  • Robert Adam Stevenson – additional engineering
  • Chiara Ferracuti – engineering assistance
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8–12)
  • Adam Wong – mix engineering (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8–12)
  • Colin Leonardmastering
  • Rachel Briggs – cover painting
  • Matthew Cooper – design
  • Paul J. Street – design


Chart performance for God Games
Chart (2023)Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10]39
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11]139
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12]60
French Albums (SNEP)[13]46
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14]31
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[15]46
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16]16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17]70
UK Albums (OCC)[18]66
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[19]9


  1. ^ Campbell, Erica (August 30, 2023). "The Kills on their new album God Games: 'It reminded me of making our first record'". NME. Retrieved October 26, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Horowitz, Hal (October 25, 2023). "Review: The Kills Return After Seven Years With the Relentless God Games". American Songwriter. Retrieved October 26, 2023.
  3. ^ "The 30 best albums of 2023, from Olivia Rodrigo to Lana Del Rey". December 15, 2023. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "God Games by The Kills Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved October 28, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Goggins, Joe (October 25, 2023). "The Kills – God Games review". DIY. Retrieved October 26, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Ranta, Alan (October 25, 2023). "The Kills Look to Better Days on God Games". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 26, 2023.
  7. ^ a b "The Kills – God Games". Mojo. December 2023. p. 87.
  8. ^ a b "The Kills – God Games". Uncut. December 2023. p. 31.
  9. ^ Amour, Cheri (October 26, 2023). "Album: The Kills – God Games". The Arts Desk. Retrieved October 26, 2023.
  10. ^ " – The Kills – God Games" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  11. ^ " – The Kills – God Games" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 5, 2023.
  12. ^ " – The Kills – God Games" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 5, 2023.
  13. ^ " – The Kills – God Games". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 6, 2023.
  14. ^ " – The Kills – God Games" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 3, 2023.
  15. ^ " – The Kills – God Games". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 9, 2023.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 4, 2023.
  17. ^ " – The Kills – God Games". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 5, 2023.
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 3, 2023.
  19. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 4, 2023.


Veröffentlichungen von The Kills die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

No Wow: The Tchad Blake Mix 2022 ¦ Little Bastards ¦ God Games

The Kills auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

The Kills ist eine britisch-amerikanische Rockband, bestehend aus der amerikanischen Sängerin (zeitweise auch Gitarristin oder Bassistin) Alison Mosshart alias VV und dem Londoner Gitarristen und Sänger Jamie Hince alias Hotel.


Das Duo begann im Jahr 2000 zusammenzuarbeiten, 2002 veröffentlichten sie ihre Debüt-EP Black Rooster. Die schwer einzuordnende, karge Mischung aus Blues, Punk und Independent, die von der Mischung aus Drummaschinenrhythmus, Gitarrenriffs und der minimalistischen Produktion lebt, fand weltweit Anklang unter Kritikern. 2003 brachten sie auf dem britischen Label Rough Trade Records ihr Debütalbum Keep on Your Mean Side heraus, 2005 folgte das Album No Wow, über das Songwriter Jamie Hince sagt: „Bei Keep On Your Mean Side haben wir versucht, alles Fett wegzulassen, nur Haut und Knochen. Beim neuen Album haben wir auf die auch noch verzichtet.“

Ihr Stück No Wow wurde neben anderen für den Soundtrack des Films Knallhart von Detlev Buck verwendet.

The Kills, live in Stockholm



JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[1]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
2003Keep on Your Mean SideUK47
(2 Wo.)UK
2005No WowUK56
(1 Wo.)UK
2008Midnight BoomAT56
(6 Wo.)AT
(4 Wo.)CH
(2 Wo.)UK
(1 Wo.)US
2011Blood PressuresDE33
(2 Wo.)DE
(2 Wo.)AT
(5 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(4 Wo.)US
2016Ash & IceDE25
(2 Wo.)DE
(3 Wo.)AT
(5 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(1 Wo.)US
2023God GamesDE31
(1 Wo.)DE
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufig/2023AT
(1 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK

Weiteres Album

  • Little Bastards (2020)


Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartsChartplatzierungen[1]
(Jahr, Titel, Album, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
2003Fried My Little Brains
(2 Wo.)UK
Pull a U
(1 Wo.)UK
2005The Good Ones
(2 Wo.)UK
Love Is a Deserter
(2 Wo.)UK
No Wow
(1 Wo.)UK

Weitere Lieder

  • Fuck the People (Domino, 2003)
  • U. R. A Fever (Domino, 2008)
  • Cheap and Cheerful (Domino, 2008)
  • Last Day of Magic (Domino, 2008)
  • Black Balloon (Domino, 2009)
  • Satellite (Domino, 2011)
  • Future Starts Slow (Domino, 2011)


  • Restaurant Blouse (auf If the Twenty-First Century Did Not Exist It Would Be Necessary to Invent It compilation, 5 Rue Christine 2002)
  • I Call It Art (auf Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited -tribute album-, Barclay 2005)
  • Meds (Placebo featuring Alisson Mosshart, auf Meds, 2006)
  • Rodeo Town (Jesse Malin auf „On Your Sleeve“, 2008)
  • I’m Set Free (geschrieben von Lou Reed, gesungen von The Kills, aus dem Film Free Jimmy, 2006)
  • Monkey 23 – Abschlusslied im Film „Der wilde Schlag meines Herzens“
  • Sour Cherry – Lied im Film „House Bunny“
  • U.R.A. Fever – Lied im Film „Welcome to the Rileys“ sowie in „The Losers“
  • Future Starts Slow – Lied am Ende der Serienfolge S02E16 „Relevance“ der TV-Serie „Person of Interest“
  • No Wow – Lied am Anfang der Serienfolge S05E01 „BSOD“ der TV-Serie „Person of Interest“


  1. a b Chartquellen: DE AT CH UK US


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