Band of Skulls don’t make music or songs, they make moods. In this way, they remind me of a cross between Mazzy Star, whose music washes over you, and The Smashing Pumpkins, whose edge cuts you and makes you bleed. I’ve loved BoS since their first album, and they haven’t missed a beat.
Maybe the most interesting thing about “Sweet Sour,” the band’s second album, is that there are a couple songs that seem a little straightforward (at first). I’m thinking most specifically of “The Devil Takes Care Of His Own,” a bluesy number that starts off like a White Stripes song before the drums and guitar start having spasms, writhing around the atmosphere like dueling serpents.