Sleigh Bells
Treats


4.0
excellent

Review

by Marzuki USER (7 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Keep thinking about every straight face, yes, Wonder what your boyfriend thinks about your braces

Sleigh Bells – Treats
Review by Marzuki




There’s music that you have to be in the mood for, and music that doesn’t work like that. Personally, the beloved Kid A falls into the former category, and anything from Sufjan Steven’s folk outings goes under the latter.

Treats is one of the former. It’s a [choice intensifier] LOUD record, and I’ve listened to a few loud records. It’s pop, but it’s also noise pop, and these are not one and the same thing. If you feel like loud, then let Sleigh Bells pummel your ears, but if you don’t then this will not be enjoyable.

Still here? Good, because Treats is a pretty fantastic debut. From the first track ‘Tell ‘Em’: a strangely catchy mixture of vocalist Krauss’ sugary voice and Miller’s guitar and bass efforts, you know that the oncoming assault is going to be harsh. (I may sound like I’m exaggerating, but I listened to Treats with earphones. Yeah.)

And so the album spins out – eleven pop songs, smothered in noise which comes off not as a gimmick but an integral part of the music. A personal highlight is the second track, ‘Kids’. This is an untidy mess, with some really trashy lyrics quasi-rapped over a chaotic hip hop beat. But, and I fully understand if anyone disagrees, I love it. It works. And it’s catchy.

While the first four tracks do roughly the same things, with ‘Run the Heart’ Sleigh Bells break loose a bit from this formula, with a charming little piece of electronica. ‘Rachel’ continues in the same vein, as Krauss’ breathing morphs into a glitchy beat. ‘Rill Rill’, with guitar reminiscent of country and some rather dark lyrics, is an absolute stand out and was rightly released as a single. Likewise, the danceable ‘Crown on the Ground’. After two more songs, the title track tops it off with some slow, pounding rock.

I’m not M.I.A.’s biggest fan, but she knew what she was doing when she picked up Sleigh Bells for her label. Their second LP, Reign of Terror, has not generated as much interest as its predecessor, and I hope these guys don’t slowly fade away (like the remnants of my hearing).

Colour: Greyish pink
Rating: Excellent, 8
Recommended: Yes



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Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (5)
Perfection...

Max Paradise (4.5)
The best of the 'pretentious reinvention of pop' genre....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Marzuki
July 3rd 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hi all, wrote a short review for this and it's tickled my fancy.

Sorry for the M.I.A. comparison, but I don't listen to much of this style of music and her voice is pretty similiar to Krauss (especially on Kids)

Noticed I give lots of positive ratings? That's because I seek out records that I think I'll enjoy, rather than ones I know I'll dislike.

And, folks, seriously, go read my Phil Ochs review. He's criminally underrated.

ZedO
July 3rd 2012


1096 Comments


I seek out records that I think I'll enjoy, rather than ones I know I'll dislike.

that's okay...

Marzuki
July 3rd 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, it means a lot to me.

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15719 Comments


review is very meh

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15719 Comments


"Sleigh Bells – Treats
Review by Marzuki"

completely unnecessary

"Colour: Greyish pink
Rating: Excellent, 8
Recommended: Yes"

also completely unnecessary

and, the whole thing is only 16 sentences. And many of them are incomplete.


Marzuki
July 3rd 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meh, I wrote it pretty quickly. It's not my best work, no.

Marzuki
July 3rd 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The parts you pointed out are just to give reviews some regularity. I make a structure and then splash around in it.

But you're entitled to your opinion, and you have a point there..

ChuckyTruant
July 3rd 2012


15719 Comments


Just try to elaborate more. Don't be so quick to end a paragraph, and get rid of the bold portions at the beginning and end. Those aren't necessary and are already shown at the:

4.0
excellent Marzuki USER (5 Reviews)

July 3rd, 2012 | 6 replies | 640 views

not to mention a user should know that if you give something a good rating in a review then it should be recommended, and if they aren't quite sure the review itself should tell them that.

Marzuki
July 3rd 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Appreciate the advice, especially on the paragraph ending thing which I had not noticed at all.

Wheelah
July 3rd 2012


756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't quite place my finger on it, but there's something I dislike very much about this review. Definitely needs a lot of work.

The album, on the other hand, is amazing. But you're right, you have to be in the mood for it.

TheFonz123
July 3rd 2012


2795 Comments


O found this really irritating

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2012


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not sure how this can be a 4.5 when you have to be in the mood for it

Da11thMytrillSphere
July 3rd 2012


546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The project of the ex-guitarist of poison the well and that hot chick, sadly a 3,5 is the most resonable score I can put to this album.



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