February 22nd, 2012 | Have You Heard the New... | 0 Comments
Sleigh Bells‘ first album Treats was cool – those sugary female vocals, grinding harmonic guitars and huge ass beats were such a simple but effective combination it was kind of a wonder nobody else came up with it sooner. Their latest album, Reign Of Terror, sees them asking, “What would happen if we did some like…poppy stuff? Or slower stuff?”
Sacrificing not an iota of the band’s bad-assness, on Reign Of Terror Sleigh Bells manage to actually make their sound ‘pretty’, especially in songs like “End Of The Line” and “Road To Hell”. And when they do, the result is just brutally glorious. I love it. It’s kind of like if you did a steroid remix of the third (and best) Raveonettes album, Lust Lust Lust. Some uber hardcore pretentious types might call ‘sell out’ on it for tossing in the hooks, but anyone who didn’t get them before is unlikely to get them much more now. My call is that a really cood band just got a lot cooler.