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Best of Ladytron 00-10 [CD]

Ladytron Audio CD
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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 (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nettwerk
  • ASIN: B004KLMPU8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Destroy Everything You Touch
2. International dateline
3. Seventeen
4. Discotraxx
5. Tomorrow
6. Soft Power
7. Ghosts
8. Fighting In Built Up Areas
9. Playgirl
10. Blue Jeans
11. Cracked LCD
12. Deep Blue
13. Light & Magic
14. Runaway
15. The Last One Standing
16. Little Black Angel
17. Ace Of Hz

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The pioneers of the decade's revival of synth-based electro weigh up their 10 years of artistry against the current landscape. The narrative of the past decade of electronic music would not be complete without a chapter on Ladytron - although the Liverpool-born quartet's global fanbase would argue that the band wrote the book on it. Consistently placing songcraft and innovation over any confining aesthetic, the foursome of Daniel Hunt, Reuben Wu, Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo fashioned four albums of deliriously buzzing, whip-smart electro-pop that have kept them ahead of the curve, apart from the fads and in a league of their own. "We've never fit into one scene, never adhered to one set of rules and never wanted to create anything that was already accepted or in the mainstream," says Wu now, reflecting on a decade highlighted by principal releases "604" (2001), "Light & Magic" (2002), "Witching Hour" (2005) and "Velocifero" (2008). Those albums, surveyed on the career-spanning "Best of Ladytron: 2000-2010," reflect the quartet's deftly executed (and delightfully subversive) dualities: primordial grooves vs. lushly layered synths; sanguine melodies vs. shimmering atmospherics; and art-house detachment vs. the poignant narratives delivered by dueling sirens Marnie and Aroyo. Ladytron has created a body of work that reveals a fresh creative arc - and, as time has told, served as a reference point for a current crop of artists such as Lady Gaga, Goldfrapp, La Roux and Crystal Castles. The 'Ace of Hz' video premiere has been scheduled to run with Spotify on 1st March. They will be supporting the exclusive with an impressive amount of promotion, including 2 million ad impressions, promotion across their social networks (850k Facebook fans, 75k Twitter followers), a blog mention (300k UMV) and their newsletter (over 1 million subscribers).

BBC Review

Hearing Ladytron for the first time was a beautiful shock. It was way back in the late 90s; a single, on a tiny label, called He Took Her to a Movie. This was a time when every British band wanted to be a third-rate Oasis and electronic music was consigned to a techno ghetto and was proudly digital. Then, out of the blue, a coldly witty, sexually ambiguous synth-pop record made with ancient analogue machines. The female vocal was detached and Krafterkian, the atmosphere soaked in sci-fi sensuality and a very early 80s, deadpan, art-pop existentialism. The most bizarre twist was that this group didn’t come from Düsseldorf or Sheffield, but Beatles and La’s-obsessed Liverpool. For once, the cliché ‘ahead of their time’ fits absolutely.

But although Ladytron have had to look on as the likes of Lady Gaga and La Roux stole their best moves and went supernova, Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt, Reuben Wu and Helen Marnie have done just fine on their own terms, overcoming endless record label problems and becoming a worldwide cult band, playing festivals and DJ sets until pop classicists from unfashionable places finally found their dark and sultry electro nuggets. They’ve worked with Christina Aguilera. They got name-checked on the Lost TV show. And they’ve earned this fabulous Greatest Misses collection in which the only flaw is the baffling omission of He Took Her to a Movie.

At their best – Destroy Everything You Touch, International Dateline, Seventeen, Discotraxx, Playgirl, Blue Jeans – Ladytron fit unforgettable melodies and doleful post-modern rock lyrics in a Bryan Ferry tradition to shimmering revivals of Giorgio Moroder disco and the melodramatically bleak end of 80s synth-pop defined by Visage and late-period ABBA. The two new tracks here – Little Black Angel and Ace of Hz – show an admirable refusal to change tack. In truth, none of their four albums has been consistently great, so this immersive and evocative no-filler collection immediately becomes Ladytron’s best album – at least until their Gravity the Seducer set arrives later this year.

Ladytron music has an effortless glamour and baleful poise, and is occasionally sung in Bulgarian. If you love synth-pop’s romantic attachment to a grand, bleak, European aesthetic, then this is the Best Of for you.

--Gary Mulholland

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4.0 out of 5 stars JUST A QUICK REFLECTION 30 Mar 2011
By nin/ja77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
If you haven't yet discovered Ladytron now is the perfect time to discover them, you won't be disappointed, maybe a bit upset it took you so long to discover them. after all it was 2007 before i discovered them, mainly thanks to Nine Inch Nails taking them on tour, i have been a fan since.

For Ladytron themselves, who take their name from a Roxy music song this is just a quick reflection before they release album number 5 later this year. Ladytron are a four piece Electropop outfit that were formed in Liverpool in 1999 and have 2 vocalists, Scottish singer Helen Marnie and Bulgarian Mira Aroyo who interestingly sings some of her tracks in Bulgarian. so yes with female vocalists thy will attract comparisons with Crystal castles, then again that's not a bad thing. The album might be called a best of but it's a strange title for a band that have had no real chart success(but really deserve to).

The 17 tracks on disc one are taken from their four studio albums as well as two new tracks tagged on at he end. the brilliant current single "Ace Of Hz" and their cover version of the Death In June track "Little Black Angel" which should give us a taster to album number 5. Only 2 tracks from debut album "604" make the album "Playgirl" and "Discotraxx" being the chosen two. Yet really all the tracks here are deserving, yes cases could be made for other tracks to be included. But there's the brilliant "Tomorrow" which sounds like New order in their prime. "Ghosts" sounds like an eltrco glam stomp of a track. "Blue Jeans" rumbles with big beats that The Chemical Brothers would be proud of. The brilliant "Light and Magic" sounds all trippy and is taken from the album of the same name. "Fighting In Built Up areas" features a great beat and a spoken vocal from Aroyo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy electronica 31 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan for years after hearing 'Seventeen' when I was younger. I love this style of music. It's so retro, and wonderful to dance to. The sounds are irresistible and make you feel like you're in a dream. I love most of the tracks especially the wonderfully dramatic 'Runaway', 'Ace of Hz', and marvelous journey of 'Deep Blue'. More highlights include 'Evil', 'High Rise', 'Beauty *2', 'Fighting in Built Up Areas' and the terrifically moving 'International Dateline' and the mesmerising finale 'All the Way' which still makes me cry.

It is a blossoming dream collection, with an impressive photo booklet attached. It took me a few listens to get used to and love, so it could be a grower for others too. I can't wait to borrow their other albums from a friend but this is definitely a favourite compilation of mine and will definitely be the sound of my summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic best of 31 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Every studio album is well represented here and unlike most best ofs does actually contain a true representation of their best material. Ok so one or two disappointing omissions for me. No burning up/im not scared/sugar but nonetheless is still a top quality collection. Two newish tracks are included and are excellent. I recommend the 2 disc version as you get more for your money too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JUST A QUICK REFLECTION 28 Mar 2011
By nin/ja77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
If you haven't yet discovered Ladytron now is the perfect time to discover them, you won't be disappointed, maybe a bit upset it took you so long to discover them. after all it was 2007 before i discovered them, mainly thanks to Nine Inch Nails taking them on tour, i have been a fan since.

For Ladytron themselves, who take their name from a Roxy music song this is just a quick reflection before they release album number 5 later this year. Ladytron are a four piece Electropop outfit that were formed in Liverpool in 1999 and have 2 vocalists, Scottish singer Helen Marnie and Bulgarian Mira Aroyo who interestingly sings some of her tracks in Bulgarian. so yes with female vocalists thy will attract comparisons with Crystal castles, then again that's not a bad thing. The album might be called a best of but it's a strange title for a band that have had no real chart success(but really deserve to).

The 17 tracks are taken from their four studio albums as well as two new tracks tagged on at he end. the brilliant current single "Ace Of Hz" and their cover version of the Death In June track "Little Black Angel" which should give us a taster to album number 5. Only 2 tracks from debut album "604" make the album "Playgirl" and "Discotraxx" being the chosen two. Yet really all the tracks here are deserving, yes cases could be made for other tracks to be included. But there's the brilliant "Tomorrow" which sounds like New order in their prime. "Ghosts" sounds like an eltrco glam stomp of a track. "Blue Jeans" rumbles with big beats that The Chemical Brothers would be proud of. The brilliant "Light and Magic" sounds all trippy and is taken from the album of the same name. "Fighting In Built Up areas" features a great beat and a spoken vocal from Aroyo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ladytron's best of : a must have! 4 Aug 2011
By Steevo
Format:MP3 Download
Great double album with all Ladytron's best tunes mixed up in a double album ( they have so many great tunes with probably more songs from the album "Witching hour" which is their best album). I would have love to have the songs "Pacco" or "I'm with the pilots" on it but still it's a great best of reminding us that Ladytron is one of the best (electro pop) band of the last decade!
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