Bitter Rivals - Sleigh Bells
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6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26

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  1. Dec 9, 2013
    9
    Call this their 'Rocket to Russia.' It's Sleigh Bells' tightest and most carefully conceived record, period, a carefully honed consolidation of the first two. But anyone who says it's more of the same hasn't listened hard enough to the new abundance of sure-fire hooks (Alexis is the MVP this time around) and some damn sharp lyrics, plus fresh R&B grooves and guitar textures. Anyone who says it's unfocused and scattered has got to be kidding (shout out to Pitchfork's ridiculous review). This record isn't about the juxtaposition of pop and noise so much as it's a great integration of the two in a way that isn't awkward or clumsy in the least. For people who like their candy hard. Expand
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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    70
    More often than not throughout the careening Bitter Rivals, there's clarity where there was disturbance, melody where there was once dissonance, and more nuanced vocal hooks and ditzy sonic flips than appeared on Sleigh Bells' first two records combined. [No. 104, p.51]
  2. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    Breathlessly current in its maxed-out production, but also properly robust, Bitter Rivals should turn Sleigh Bells into serious contenders. [Dec 2013, p.104]
  3. Oct 16, 2013
    70
    Ultimately, Bitter Rivals offers the comfort of familiarity while being different enough to avoid breeding contempt.