- Audio CD (Feb. 21 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music
- Run Time: 32.00 minutes
- ASIN: B003KT3NS4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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2010 debut album from the Brooklyn Noise-Rock duo consisting of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller. This highly anticipated album is a speaker-imploding, mind-melting mix of noize and melody with the accent on the former. Some say that this is the future of Rock 'n' Roll. Some say that this is the end of Rock 'n' Roll. Either way, it's Rock 'n' Roll!
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While the 1st half is kind of slow and repetitious (except for Infinity Guitars), the 2nd half is a landmark in creative distortion. Rill Rill gets things going with pop-accessible melody, and this is followed by 3 of the most over-the-top loud sounding songs ever recorded. Crown on the Ground, Straight A's, and A/B Machines opened my ears to new sonic possibilities, and are the musical equivalent of a standing next to a race car. You may or may not like these songs, but they made me want to start recording noise rock myself. The final song, Treats, brings the hard and soft together and appropriately closes the album.
The trick is that a sensation of power is present even with the volume set low; Sleigh Bells somehow created an overwhelming live concert feel. This album is not for everyone, so I recommend previewing on Amazon, Youtube, etc.
Derek Miller's hardcore roots are evident here, as is Alexis Krauss' previous work in a girl group. The two seem destined to clash, but defy the cynics and become one of the most interesting new acts this year.
From the beginning track, "Tell 'Em," I was hooked on the booming bass, storming guitar and Alexis' beautiful voice. The following track, "Kids," is one of the primary tracks that draws comparisons to late 90's rap. "Riot Rhythm" follows the first track's sound closely, and uses some addictive guitar riffs at that. "Infinity Guitars" is among one of the harsher tracks on the album, and also seems slightly out of place, but the change of pace is definitely appreciated. "Run the Heart" reminds me again of "Kids" in it's use of rap synth and beats.
"Straight A's" is the loudest track on the album. Without doubt. It brings a whole new meaning to loud, and makes the music seem larger than life. It's followed up with "A/B Machines," a simple 2 line song that will probably become some sort of dancehall remix favorite. It will also immediately remind some of MIA with the vocal style.
The namesake of the album, "Treats," is an interesting culmination for the album, and seems like an appropriate closer. It starts off by sounding like a Smiths song, then returns to form. I was happy that it didn't end on a poor note; too many albums as of late have and it just seems disappointing when an otherwise strong album leaves off weakly.
What is most obvious and interesting is the shear noise and force that Alexis' often crystal, proper voice sings through; Pitchfork compared it to a tempest that she seems accustomed to and has no problem singing over. I agree completely; they pull off this dynamic over most of the album, but give the listener a few moments of rest. A couple of instances of this are in the tracks, "Rachel" and "Rill Rill," both of which slow down the album appropriately for the coming storm of the second half of the album.
Each consecutive listen of the album has me more excited for the possibilities and future of Sleigh Bells. At the same time, I'm slightly worried they may become "the new thing" and get played to death. Their sound may wear thin, or become a gimmick. Also, (and this has been stated by many) the band will polarize listeners. It's enough pop to draw a lot of otherwise Top-40 only listeners, but some will find it too loud and aggressive.
For now though, I'm going to listen to and enjoy the album. I suggest you do to.
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