Treats - Sleigh Bells
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  • Summary: The electro-rock Brooklyn-based duo releases its debut album with Mom + Pop and M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. Recordings.
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. there's nothing else like this band right now and possibly ever. The volume and power of late 90s rap metal without all the stupidity and endless chugalug. Vocals that not only sing sweet melodies but support them with harmonies that push and pull against the current of noise, only sassy and canny, like a My Bloody Valentine that's being marketed to pre-teens.
  2. It's as if every element of Sleigh Bells' genre-swerving sound--primitive guitar fuzz, pastiche beats, sugar-buzz?vocals--bypasses the default snark button and burrows?directly into jaded listeners' punch-drunk pleasure centers.
  3. Weighing in at just 32 minutes, Treats can hardly be accused of outstaying its welcome. In fact, its brevity is its strength - too much aural pummelling could be too much. As it is, as soon as the album finishes, you'll want to put it on again straight away.
  4. It's primal, visceral, addictive stuff – a perfect mix of sweet and evil unlike pretty much everything else out there.
  5. A bewildering but fun bedlam seems to be their default setting, if the first half-dozen or so tracks are anything to go by.
  6. 80
    Monumentally caustic but hypothetically a dance band, Sleigh Bells sculpt infectious double-dutch funk from an unlikely acid bath of distorted drum machines and nasal pigfuck guitars.
  7. It's the Ting Tings amplified past 11, and the two never stray far from the formula.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. Nov 30, 2010
    Fresh and new. Innovative and fun. Similar songs with a variety of themes, and this certainty isn't a flaw. If anything, the similarities of all the songs on this album are part of what makes it so great. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2012
    Two years later, this record still feels fresh and essential. Each song is a two to three minute fireworks show. I pity those who are too pretentious to appreciate this band. Expand
  3. FloB.
    Jun 2, 2010
    What about these guys? I'm all about these guys.
  4. Nov 5, 2010
    The first time I heard Treats I was blown away. I didn't instantly love it like I do now, but it did make me want to take another listen. If you do not like loud music, I do not recommend that you listen to Sleigh Bells. One of the most unique albums of the year and is definitely in my top 10 of 2010. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2011
    Like all well-reviewed and well-received albums, 'Treats' has been called overrated by more music elitists than you can count, and now that the band has had some success, a plethora of hipsters are already accusing them of selling out. However, neither of those things are true. 'Treats' is a great debut, and sounds something like grunge rock meets MIA. It's catchy and infectious, and still sounds fresh after repeated listening. Expand
  6. Blake
    Jun 6, 2010
    It's loud, but honestly, that's as interesting as it gets when it comes to this album.
  7. DMan
    Jun 2, 2010
    Come on people wake up. This whole album is nothing but teeth chattering drum machine beats and whiny female vocals. This isn't music nor is it art it's just the result of another untalented hipster group getting a bit to lucky. If I could rate this album in negative numbers I would. Expand

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