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  • Audio CD (Jan. 14 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emperor Norton
  • ASIN: B0002IQGLW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mu-tron
2. Discotraxx
3. Another Breakfast With You
4. CSKA Sofia
5. The Way I Found You
6. Paco!
7. Commodore Rock
8. Zmeyka
9. Playgirl
10. I'm With The Pilots
11. This Is Our Sound
12. He Took Her To A Movie
13. Laughing Cavalier
14. Ladybird
15. Jet Age
16. Skools Out
17. USA VS. White Noise (Live In Sofia)
18. He Took Her To A Movie (Live In Sofia)
19. Commodore Rock (LIve In Sofia)
20. Playgirl (Snap Ant Remix)

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Reissue of the band's impressive 2001 debut album, originally out on Emperor Norton.

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Is this what we once imagined the future would sound like? On 604 Liverpool-based synth-pop collective Ladytron show all the electronic hallmarks of 1980, only without the "New Dawn of Technology" neurosis. Remember in those days how man feared the totalitarian march of the machine? How we worried that our friends might be electric? That our minds might be toys? That video would kill the radio star? That human labor would be redundant and we'd all be reduced to a Mao-suited existence in some morose metropolis? OK, so 604 does contain a few Marxist nursery rhymes (sung by stern Bulgarian female vocalist Mira Aroyo) but it also contains a version of the theme tune to '70s sit-com "Are You Being Served" (sung sweetly by the kittenish "Bond girl" voice of Helen Marnie). Ladytron's inspired, accessible electro-pop is where latter-day, Tarwater-style Krautrock meets the melodic appeal of the Human League, the Pet Shop Boys and Abba, with just a little bit of the sociosexual commentary of Black Box Recorder thrown in for good measure. Gary Numan was never as much fun as this. --Kevin Maidment --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"604" remains one of my favorite albums in the electronica subgenre of "electroclash". This music features retro, simplistic beats and often a bored-sounding female vocalist. As you can imagine from that description, a lot of electroclash doesn't stand up well to repeated listenings, but "604" is definitely an exception. The music is catchy without being too repetitive, aside from a track or two where I am just starting to think, "this has gone on too long" when the track ends. My favorite tracks are "Discotraxx" and "The Way That I Found You," but the whole album is pretty solid.
Ladytron have a great retro-futuristic vibe to their music--it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie where everyone wears fabulous costumes and sits in bubble chairs. I suggest this music to add a sophisticated touch to any party, to listen to while driving, or to get inspiration while trying to design your new space-ace bachelor pad.
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Aware that painstakingly long reviews are often merely skimmed over or disregarded, I am going to keep this review short and concise.
"604" by Ladytron is a disappointment in many aspects. I value Ladytron as a band, but "604," as a whole, is not up to par. Looking at the album from a musical standpoint, it is a solid and consistent album. However, if placing the album into the genre of electronic music, it is quite banal. Having recommended "604" to various friends of mine who share none of the same musical interests, I was surprisingly greeted with a reaction along the lines of the following: "I feel as though I have heard this before." Being that there is no possible way my friends may have heard this cd, I have come to the conclusion that "604" is not the geniusly mastered disc I once believed it to be.
Basically, buying this cd will gain you about 5 catchy tracks and a headache.
I gave this cd four stars because while banal, it is a solid album and adequate for dancing.
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heard since Pulp's "Different Class." In Ladytron, I have found what for me is the epitome of electonic "pop" music. I first heard Ladytron's single "Playgirl" and was hooked from the first beat. I was afraid that the CD would be average with Playgirl being the only standout "single." I was very excited to hear that almost all of these songs, including the instrumental Mu-Tron, could stand as singles on their own merit. It's true that some of this sounds like earlier synth-pop recordings, but Ladytron takes things in a more fully developed direction beyond mere pop. Every single song sounds well thought out and there is no filler song here. Unlike an earlier commenter here wrote, I believe "Commodore Rock" echoes early Heaven 17. "He took her to a Movie" like Visage and "Discotraxx" like Saint Etienne.
It's been in my car's CD player since I got it. While many other CDs have come and gone this one will probably occupy slot #6 until the next Ladytron recording comes out, which I hope is very soon.
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Ladytron does a good job trying to fuse post-Beck nerd-funk with kraftwerkian krautrock. Loose, almost sloppy grooves blend with fat vintage synthesizers and a jet-age style. Helena Marnie's childlike vocals for some reason conjour up images of a bored airline hostess on one of 2001's interplanetary shuttles.
The downside of this album is that the really great tracks often drown among the weird experimental "jam-session" tracks and self-conscious retro feel. "Commodore Rock" is a bit repetative, "CSKA Sofia" is quite repetative, while "ZMEYKA" is jarring with its screechy violin. "He Took Her To a Movie" is so krautrock-retro (right down to the droll vocal delivery) you can sing the lyrics to Kraftwerk's "The Model" along.
Luckily, there are tracks like "Discotraxx", "Ladybird" and "Paco!" that are so catchy you can't help but sing along. It's the same sort of effect as a Bis album, except lacking in the teen elements.
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You know how in school you heard that thing about how the typical 5 year old child today knows as much as Michelangelo did, that knowledge has grown so exponentially that kids today are as smart as geniuses were during the Renaissance? Well, that's the kind of effect that Ladytron's 604 cd has: although it is definitely '80's-influenced, the 16 tracks here are as good or better than any 16 tracks from the entire output of synth-pop stretching from Kraftwerk to Gary Numan and New Order. Not only that, but just about every track here has some connection to those earlier avatars: "Commodore Rock" being a paen to New Order's "Blue Monday,' while "I'm With the Pilots" is a nod to Numan and the brilliantly awesome "He Took Her to a Movie" is a synthesis of Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" and John Foxx's "She's a Liquid." But Ladytron doesn't merely imitate, they transcend. Everything here is fresh, vibrant and inventive, moody, clever and wise. These guys are from Liverpool, Hong Kong and Bulgaria and they are brilliant. You get this cd, you hear?
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