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604

Ladytron Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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LADYTRON earned a decade’s worth of acclaim by relentlessly pushing boundaries, carving out new sonic and conceptual space and refusing to abide any formula or trend.

So it’s testimony to their craft to say that Gravity The Seducer, the fifth album from the electro-pop provocateurs, is vintage Ladytron — because, like each of the four preceding albums, it’s not ... Read more in Amazon's Ladytron Store

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  • Audio CD (2 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Invicta Hi-Fi
  • ASIN: B00005ARQM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mutron
2. Discotrax
3. Another Breakfast With You
4. Cska Sofia
5. The Way That I Found You
6. Paco!
7. Commodore Rock
8. Zmeyka
9. Playgirl
10. I'm With The Pilots
11. This Is Our Sound
12. He Took Her To A Movie
13. Laughing Cavalier
14. Ladybird
15. Jet Age

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Is this what we once imagined the future would sound like? On 604 Liverpool-based synth-pop collective Ladytron may show all the electronic hallmarks of 1980 but they impart far less of the "New Dawn Of Technology" neurosis of their cyberphobic "Futuristic" forebears. Remember in those days how man feared the totalitarian march of the machine? How we worried that our friends might be electric? That our minds might be toys? That video would kill the radio star? That human labour would be redundant and we'd all be reduced to a Mao-suited existence in an architecturally morose metropolis? OK, so 604 does contain a few Marxist nursery rhymes (sung by stern Bulgarian female vocalist Mira Aroyo) but it also contains a version of the theme tune to 70s sit-com "Are You Being Served" (sung sweetly by the kittenish "Bond Girl" voice of Helen Marnie). Ladytron's inspired, accessible electropop is where latterday, Tarwater-style Krautrock meets the melodic nous of The Human League, the Pet Shop Boys and Abba, with just a little bit of the socio-sexual commentary of Black Box Recorder thrown in for good measure. Gary Numan was never as much fun as this. --Kevin Maidment

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 28 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
With "604" Ladytron have managed to take the best of 80s synth-pop and make it sound fresh and modern. Tunes like "Discotrax" and "The way that I found you" with their thumping beats draw you in from the first time you listen to it, while "I'm with the pilots" and "Jet age" get better and better each time you play them. The lyrics are meaningful enough to avoid cheesiness, and place Ladytron's music in the upbeat alternative genre. However with "Paco!" it is clear that the band don't take themselves to seriously. The album is strong with a few instrumentals but enough excellent tracks to keep you listening all the way through. In ambition, I would say Ladytron are attempting to refresh the 80s sound in a similar way to Dubstar's first album "Disgraceful" (before they went down the toilet), with strong influences from Kraftwerk to the best aspects of The Human League or even New Order. Definitely try it; Ladytron could be the act that saves the British alternative scene from the miserable torpor it has sunk into...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like being seduced by androids. 28 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ladytron are breathtaking. "604" is all early eighties futurism, deadpan cool and flawless pop sensibility. Songs like "Playgirl", "The Way That I Found You" & "Paco" have the kind of fiendish melodies that burn permanently into memory. If you need to categorise them, file them along with other groovey 80s revivalists Laptop, Zoot Woman & Future Bible Heroes, although I suspect Ladytron may be in a league of thier own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one pop record this year... 21 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
Derivative in the best sense of the word, this has rarely been out of my stereo since I bought it two months ago. It's a masterpiece of retro that also manages to sound very modern at the same time. Think Stereolab in pop mode. A lot of the songs have been released as singles, to criminal public neglect, but there are no fillers here - the album works as a whole brilliantly. "Disco Traxx" (not a single yet, but it should be) is a high point, and there are many others: "Paco" reinventing "Are You Being Served?", "Ladybird" sounding like Black Box Recorder meets Younger Younger 28s, "This Is Our Sound"'s double vocals, the way "Jet Age" takes off... All priceless. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like the 80s never ended 21 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ladytron's album could have been made in 1980 if the Human League had a really good day. Many of these bands using old analogue instruments can be a tad experimental, but 604 is full of perfect synth pop tunes that any fan of Pet Shop Boys/New Order et al will warm to immediately. Kraftwerk fans will notice that He Took Her to A Movie rips off The Model in the nicest possible way.
One of the best albums I've bought in a long time. So buy it, take it home put on some quasifuturistic silver clothes and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2001? 2 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Vinyl
If you have never heard Ladytron before think of a female voiced Kraftwerk for the new millennium and you wont be far off. Having said that they are not just modern copyists and have their own musical and social agenda. Fantastically emotive and hugely catchy songs almost give lie their cynical outlook, like Stereolab although less psychedelic they deserve to be heard by a greater audience and they should be a must buy for anybody like myself who still loves and knows the true quality of VINYL.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bliss with synths 27 Feb 2003
By Paul
Format:Audio CD
I love this album! I bought it about a year ago and sold it quickly after as i was down on money, but i put it on a mini disk so i could still enjoy its full glory.
The whole album has a onderfully retro yet futuristic feel about it, from the avid candid social commentry to the dancefloor chillers you cant beat this album.
Stand out tracks are too many to mention, although i particularly love Discotrax, He Took Her To A Movie and This Is Our Sound.
I first encountered their wonders on a compilation with Paco! on it, fell in love straight away.
addition to any ones collection. Full of wit and electronic wonder. Truly original, truly standout!
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