Album: Ladytron, Gravity the Seducer (Nettwerk)
Sunday 11 September 2011
There may one day be a Ladytron album that doesn't require me to use the word "glacial", but this isn't it.
Having ventured towards dirty drone-rock with Witching Hour and sugary mainstream pop with their Aguilera collaborations, Gravity...is Ladytron at their most electronically pure.
The Scouse quartet's fifth studio album doesn't boast a brain-snagging anthem such as "Seventeen". It doesn't have "hooks" at all: rough edges are rounded, spikes smoothed.
This is synth-rock at its most self-effacing, as though the already-vestigial egos of the four members have been erased entirely, a process which reaches its logical conclusion with "Transparent Days", four sublime minutes of melting-icicle synths. Music for airports, in the best possible way.
As always, Ladytron make the world feel a more haunted, evocative, romantic place. Faultless.
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