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  • Summary: This is the sixth full-length release for the New York-based duo of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller.
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  1. Sep 10, 2021
    90
    Sleigh Bells have not sounded this rejuvenated or fun since they first appeared on the scene over a decade ago. Their core spirit and whatever magic it contained is back in full force, and it’s arguably more potent than ever.
  2. Sep 9, 2021
    82
    Sleigh Bells’ heady flashbang of an album.
  3. 80
    Touches of experimental ambience (‘Rosary’) and ‘80s fog-pop (‘True Seekers’) work well as light relief and ‘Texis’, as an exercise in full-throttle revitalisation, is dynamite indeed.
  4. Sep 10, 2021
    71
    Even if Texis fails to reposition Sleigh Bells as a noise act to be reckoned with, it does succeed in giving us a glimpse into what could have been if the duo had stayed the course. It may be a few years late, but it’s the best the band have sounded in quite some time, and it’s nice to have Sleigh Bells back where they belong.
  5. Sep 14, 2021
    70
    There are times on Texis that not only do some tracks remind you of previous records, but of previous tracks on the very same album. It’s formulaic, but, as the phrase goes, if it’s not broke, don’t try to fix it. There’s little evidence that Sleigh Bells will need fixing anytime soon.
  6. Sep 10, 2021
    70
    Not so much a retreat as a celebration of what Sleigh Bells do best, Texis' finest moments thrive on the razor's edge between sweetness and annihilation.
  7. Sep 16, 2021
    61
    No matter how much command and charisma Krauss brings to Texis, it still sounds quaint, not necessarily catchier than any number of contemporary bands who don’t face the same hang-ups from indie listeners.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Sep 10, 2021
    10
    It was a surprise for me I have listened to past Sleigh Bells albums and said yeah another pop rock group. I was wrong! Yes the same liltingIt was a surprise for me I have listened to past Sleigh Bells albums and said yeah another pop rock group. I was wrong! Yes the same lilting vocals and keyboards but this album is so uplifting, well composed and some incredible guitar riffs with melodic tunes. Crank it up in the car to dance the night away. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2021
    10
    I literally created a metacritic account just now just to give this album a 10.
  3. Sep 10, 2021
    10
    So, yeah, we got another sleigh bells record, a group/duo that refuses stagnancy yet keeps its musical core that made them unique in the firstSo, yeah, we got another sleigh bells record, a group/duo that refuses stagnancy yet keeps its musical core that made them unique in the first place. Texis sounds like a capsule contending all their sounds, which explains Locust Laced as a perfect lead single. It is impossible listening to a new album (in this case, the sixth one) without looking at the others. And I agree with the critics who said this does not revisit the magnum opus status of their debut album (c'mon, nothing will do), but I don't think they need to. Treats is there, you can listen to it if you want to. Here and now is what matters. Texis is a outstanding album that gets you to face death right in the opening track. And you wish for this thrill, even in the most monotonous-noisy moments of the record. A legitimate rock n roll, a solid 10. (had to create an account in this site for the first time for this, it deserves so much) Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2021
    7
    The vocal, as pretty as it is, gets a bit monotone after a couple of tracks. However, the music is done in a creative way and I really likeThe vocal, as pretty as it is, gets a bit monotone after a couple of tracks. However, the music is done in a creative way and I really like the instrumentals at some points of this album, it is a nice listen in general. It's not something mind-blowing, but it is worthy of your time. Give the first two tracks a listen and if it turns out to be the style that appeals to you then listen to the rest, because you're going to like the other tracks as well! A bit formulaic, but the formula is good in this case and performed well. Expand