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Reissue of the band's impressive 2001 debut album, originally out on Emperor Norton.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Their debut should have knocked the block off the overrated, implodingly sugary pop scene.
Regardless of mainstream, this is pop music that should be getting everyone's... Read more
ladytron provokes disinterested dancing: you know, the kind where you stand in the darker corner of the club, against the wall, and slightly move your upper body back and forth... Read morePublished on May 3 2004
1) You have to buy the CD to really understand what they do (so nix that download idea unless u pull the full album). Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by W. Hwang
Ladytron achieved something which I beleive is rare in dance/electronica, that is; they are bold and inventive yet still very accessible. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by John
Just wonderful! The music is totally Gary Numan! And that cover art...they look so lovely in their take of 1960's Sci-Fi. Very Doctor Who looking. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Robert C. Montague II
This album contains not only catchy pop , but have also a distinct sensual, bittersweet tint.
The female vocals singing the sarcastic, slightly melancholic lyrics blend with... Read more
at first listen, the pretty music and gentle singing lull you into believing that this is nothing more that a simple pop album, albeit a good one. Read morePublished on July 24 2003
I think Ladytron have been overhyped but still there are some good songs on here. Taking their sound from late 70s and early 80s electronica they do it fairly well. Read morePublished on July 8 2003 by TM77
this album shines!! makes me want to dance, it picks up where good eighties synth pop left off...Published on March 11 2003