12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Liverpool’s exciting synth-pop explorers head into airy mountain vistas with their fifth album, 2011’s excellent Gravity the Seducer. Each of their releases has brought their sound to new conclusions and this one is no exception. The dark mysticism of “White Gold” alone is reason to stop and listen. Its moody swaths of synths burn like blistering light through the ice caverns, while “Ace of Hz” turns even the group’s pop moves into ethereal meditations. “Ritual” bounces onto the dancefloor with an ominous hangover. “Moon Palace” sounds like a pop tune deliberately frozen over and thawed anew. “Melting Ice” continues this theme, with a vibe that’s pure Siberia for the dancefloor. (Nothing melting here.) The group’s electro-clash Euro-disco is a powerful weapon; however, the band are hesitant to go for an easy score. “90 Degrees” moves with a haunted mood. “Aces High” uses the melody for “Ace of Hz” as an instrumental to pull the entire album together as a conceptual whole.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Liverpool’s exciting synth-pop explorers head into airy mountain vistas with their fifth album, 2011’s excellent Gravity the Seducer. Each of their releases has brought their sound to new conclusions and this one is no exception. The dark mysticism of “White Gold” alone is reason to stop and listen. Its moody swaths of synths burn like blistering light through the ice caverns, while “Ace of Hz” turns even the group’s pop moves into ethereal meditations. “Ritual” bounces onto the dancefloor with an ominous hangover. “Moon Palace” sounds like a pop tune deliberately frozen over and thawed anew. “Melting Ice” continues this theme, with a vibe that’s pure Siberia for the dancefloor. (Nothing melting here.) The group’s electro-clash Euro-disco is a powerful weapon; however, the band are hesitant to go for an easy score. “90 Degrees” moves with a haunted mood. “Aces High” uses the melody for “Ace of Hz” as an instrumental to pull the entire album together as a conceptual whole.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

willf05 ,

Not their best but still great sound!

It's a beautiful sounding album but its just not exciting like their last 3 albums.
"Ace of Hz" is still my favorite track off here but like with all the other songs, it feels like the song is building to some epic climax... but it never does.
White Elephant, Mirage & White Gold are other notable tracks on the album.
My only other critique is that while the instrumental songs are nice, all but one don't add anything to the album. Transparent days is lush and beautiful and i wish it closed the album instead the boring Aces High.
And Mira needs to be featured more... her tracks on Velocifero were AMAZING!!!!
In actuality id give this album 3.5 stars but Itunes doesn't do half's and because its Ladytron I round it up. Great album, if you like Ladytron you should buy it regardless but if this is your first album you bought.... you Seriously need to buy Witching Hour, Velocifero and Light & Magic.
BTW if you really like their first album 604 this new album is probably more to your liking.

TheMusicProphet ,

SLAYED

That's me. SLAYED. My mind has exploded. These melodies are just lush perfection .... laced over flawless electronic production ..... LADYTRON are amazing ...... this album is EPIC.

the curse of blondie ,

Give me something different!!!

I have been a Ladytron fan 4 many years but I've come 2 realize... u hear 1 Ladytron album, u've heard them all. C'mon!!! Break the mold! Don't be scared! You're better than this!! :(

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