604 - Ladytron
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  • Summary: Britpop, New Wave, and Kraftwerk-style electronica come together in the debut full-length from Britain's Ladytron (named after a song from Roxy Music's debut album). The album repeats three of the songs from 2000's "Commodore Rock" EP (including the ever-catchy "Playgirl") and adds 12 new tracks plus the 1999 single "He Took Her To A Movie." Expand
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  1. 90
    Despite a shared Giorgio Moroder influence, they are more DAF meets Soft Cell and early Detroit techno than a 21st century Human League.
  2. If Kurt Cobain had been popular in high school, Ronald Reagan had funneled billions of dollars into improving America's inner cities and the Chemical Brothers had found fulfilling positions in video rental management, all albums might sound like 604.
  3. Though the steaming electro missives of 604 can sound a bit uniform at times, Ladytron's buzzing bin of automaton female vocals and retro machine accompaniment intoxicates with illicit ease.
  4. Ladytron's most interesting aspect is their mix of retro songwriting with distinctly modern themes.
  5. Ladytron slide perfectly vacuum-moulded from the Kraftwerk production line, a brand new model of synthesised splendour, power songwriting, and industrial dance shudderings. 'He Took Her To A Movie', 'The Way That I Found You' and 'Jet Age' capture the exotic Teutonic soul of 'Don't You Want Me' or 'The Model' while sounding thrillingly modern.
  6. Ladytron's musical interests stretch back before MTV, to '70s Bowie, Roxy Music, Kraftwerk and Cluster. They're like an unabridged Encyclopedia of musical Eurotrash with a sharp pop sensibility. And with 604, they've made a fine debut full-length.
  7. Unlike fellow retro-futurists Chicks on Speed and Sylvester Boy, Ladytron doesn't completely upend new wave conventions to make a jarring artistic statement, nor are its songs as transcendent as those penned by Stephin Merritt (the Magnetic Fields) for his Future Bible Heroes project. Regardless, "604" is a smart, frisky, and invigorating listen...

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  1. mc
    May 6, 2001
    Simply great.
  2. DavidG.
    May 22, 2001
    This is the debut album from Ladytron with the minimalist title "604". This is undoubtedly the best UK electro-pop band of the moment. They originate from Liverpool, but one of the female singers is from Bulgaria. The music is a potent and nostalgic mix of Add-N-to-X, Stereolab, St. Etienne, Human League and Kraftwerk. My favourites are "Another Breakfast with You" which smells of Air's "Sexy Boy" and "This is our Sound" - a pure-pop anthem for the new electro-generation. Expand

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