I'm a big fan of Ladytron, and have been for a while, and this record is such a wonderful surprise. Witching not only captures and builds upon many of the traits that I love about Ladytron's sound (whispy, ethereal, and haunting melodies and vocals pumped through wonderfully poppy and dancy synth sensibilities) and expands upon them beautifully. This record is so much richer and more thoughtful it seems then the previous 604 and Light and Magic (and I still adore those records), but still retains that breazy but moving sound that won me over to Ladytron years ago, so as you can imagine, Witching Hour has made me a happy boy.
This record is also more dark and moody in tone than their previous work. 'Destroy Everything you Touch' and and 'International Dateline' are particularly amazing tracks, and really reflect their evolution in this direction. Imagine the the tone of previous tracks like 'Skool's Out...' from 604 or 'The Reason Why' or 'Evil' from Light and Magic, but done more consistently over a whole record, and with a more orgnanic and less mechanical sounding approach, and you might get an idea of Witching Hour's overall tone.
Another great surprise is that Helen Marnie's voice is brought much more to the surface in Witching Hour, no longer buried under as much synthy haze as before, and she sounds more full, more immediate, and yet, more ghostly than ever. Just beautiful.
For everyone else, now's as good a time as ever to finally check Ladytron out with Witching Hour!