Witching Hour - Ladytron
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  • Summary: Jim Abbiss (Kasabian) produced this third album for the UK band, which finds them expanding slightly away their electroclash sound.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The standouts are too numerous to mention, and all in all, Ladytron have set a new peak, getting to the heart of their best previous moments and expanding on them.
  2. Get past Ladytron's aloof exterior and you'll discover bristling guitars that anchor the most pneumatic of beats--and supremely catchy songs that pulse with life. [7 Oct 2005, p.76]
  3. The Witching Hour is the most urgent and immediate of their career. The earlier records were sort of toylike and plastic; this not only has a pulse, it has chilled blood in its veins.
  4. While Witching Hour has the band sounding more adventurous, there's a consistency to the tracks that holds it all together.
  5. This is their most humane work, with abrasive atmospherics akin to those of My Bloody Valentine.
  6. Here, finally, is a goth album for people who hate goth, an electronic album for people who hate electronica, and a pop album for everyone else.
  7. 50
    Its successes just about match its failures. [#70, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 12 out of 43
  1. EmmaB
    Oct 15, 2005
    10
    Ladytron have come into their own with this delicious third helping of synthpop. Like a well oiled machine they slide into gear with the Ladytron have come into their own with this delicious third helping of synthpop. Like a well oiled machine they slide into gear with the brooding "High Rise" which incorporates guitar and drums into their familiar 'electro' sound. Standout tracks are the shockingly overlooked "Destroy Everything You Touch", "International Dateline" and "Beauty 2". The girls sound angelic and the boys are experts in twisting knobs and pushing buttons. Aural pleasure at it's very finest. Expand
  2. EdwardH
    Nov 1, 2005
    10
    Oh, yes. Yes! In comes the cavalry, in the shape of Ladytron, to save 2005 and make my day. Definitely the best british band of today.
  3. TimP
    Sep 27, 2006
    10
    A friend of mine made me go to their concert last night when I had never heard of Ladytron before 2 days ago. I downloaded the album from A friend of mine made me go to their concert last night when I had never heard of Ladytron before 2 days ago. I downloaded the album from itunes the night before and have been listening to it ever since! It is a darkly sexy, mysterious, noisy and disturbing set of brilliant pop songs. I find myself humming the songs constantly, yet they are not the kinds of songs you would expect to leave that kind of impression. A really unusual but excellent pop treasure. Expand
  4. Keith
    Oct 11, 2005
    9
    Beautiful! Excellent blend of shoegazer, synthpop, and IDM. I guess this is sometimes also referred to as electroclash - whatever the genre, Beautiful! Excellent blend of shoegazer, synthpop, and IDM. I guess this is sometimes also referred to as electroclash - whatever the genre, it's an exceptional album. Think Lush meets De/Vision - angelic vocals mixed with driving synth beats and ethereal soundscapes. Expand
  5. CarolG.
    Nov 11, 2005
    8
    It's a grower, not a show-er.
  6. AiraM
    Oct 17, 2005
    3
    I think some people get to obssessed with groups like this, thinking that they gave birth to them or something. I am sure they appreciate the I think some people get to obssessed with groups like this, thinking that they gave birth to them or something. I am sure they appreciate the sales pitch that most people give in their 'informed opinion', but what about proper critical analysis? I am not a critic, although I thought the album had some stand out tracks (like amtv and fighting in built up areas), the rest was a bit tiresome. Anyway BIG UP BULGARIA! Take care sweeties xXx Expand
  7. MelenHarnie
    Oct 17, 2005
    0
    Wow, this album is dull. They used to rock, now they just shuffle...abit. BORING! POOEY! The last song somes it all up,

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