Album: Ladytron, Best of 00-10 (Nettwerk)

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For a variety of reasons – among them an almost comical succession of bad luck and the continuing tastelessness of the general public – Ladytron's rightful status as one of the greatest British bands of the past decade has remained largely unrecognised.

The internationalist (Scouse-Chinese-Scottish-Bulgarian-Israeli) electro-rock quartet may not have presented a comprehensive summary of their career here, but it's a superb starting point for Ladytron latecomers, containing classics such as early statement of intent "Playgirl" and closest-thing-to-a-pop-hit "Seventeen". There are also two new tracks: a pulsating cover and the self-penned "Ace of Hz", whose effortless elegance matches Ladytron's finest. Which, when you hear the rest of this sublime compilation, you'll realise is about as high as praise can get.