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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Sleigh Bells is the musical collaboration of Derek E. Miller (songwriter, guitarist, producer) and Alexis Krauss (vocals). The two met and formed in 2008, when Miller was waiting tables on Alexis and her mother at a neighborhood Brazilian restaurant. When Miller mentioned that he was looking for a female vocalist for a new musical project, Krauss’s mother ... Read more in Amazon's Sleigh Bells Store

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  • Vinyl (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mom & Pop Music
  • ASIN: B00EZ228A4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2013
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I was wondering what was going to arise from the third album; TREATS had been full of energy;Reign of Terror more towards hard driving tempos and since Sleigh Bells have been various described as noise, indie or industrial rock, also dance or, synth punk, as well as noise pop then to my old ears anything could happen.
Firstly Alexis Krauss seems to have taken over the writing for this album and whereas you can depend on the signature wonderful wave of electronic cacophony; on Bitter Rivals the duo are trying out other approaches. It might sound odd from Sleigh Bells but at times there is a melodic and lighter touch. To illustrate why I have this impression here's track by track commentary:
`Bitter Rivals' starts with deceptive small town jaunty guitar chords and a barking dog (no kidding) before lurching into Sleigh Bells mixed with rap, which gets the attention. `Sugarcane' is back to the familiar territory of the preceding albums `Minnie' again makes you think things are settling down, but there is compelling and creepy chanting chorus in which Krauss turns on her `girlie' voice. 'Sing Like A Wire' is also classic Sleigh Bells interspersed with a texture of `sound' that verges on the orchestral suggesting they are trying out new approaches to the familiar. 'Young Legends' is different, this closer to happy and jaunty pop, no assault by a grand wall of distorted guitars we are into the melodic. `Tiger Kit' mixes up the whole business, there's cow's moos (in small measure), Krauss in another more harmonious frame of voice, while Miller throws in acoustic, R&B and electronic and the whole works.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rowan on 26 Jan. 2014
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Bought this for 1p including postage from Amazon, wasn't expecting much but it is actually not a bad listen!! Will have to give their other albums a go.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lovblad on 30 Oct. 2013
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Now this is a real surprise. I had been following Sleigh Bells for a while, while never being totally convinced taht they were as good as what was written. Here I have to say that I must change my mind totally on the subject. This is a great record, one of the best of the yea, and we are very late in the year indeed.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. McCully on 9 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Their first album didn't chart, this second went to number 48 and this is their third. Let's hope it goes top 40, the first track is particularly good!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Noise/pop duo Sleigh Bells return to fine form on Bitter Rivals 8 Oct. 2013
By Brian E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After delivering an attention grabbing opus with their 2010 debut, Treats, Brookyln indie/noise rock duo Sleigh Bells ran into an identity crisis on the followup. Their sophomore release, Reign of Terror, was a hardcore noise rock album that was trying to be a mainstream pop album, and sounded like it couldn't decide what it wanted to be. It got stuck in an awkward gap between noise and pop, without suitably satisfying either side of the aisle. To make matters worse, the band had seemingly lost the edge that had turned so many heads on their debut, not to mention the fact that Krauss's continual cheerleader shouts added an air of superficiality to the whole affair.

Now re-energized for their third go around, Sleigh Bells sound like a band intent on dominating the globe all over again. Bitter Rivals captures the sound of Sleigh Bells not messing around. The first four tracks all hit like laser guided torpedoes, guaranteed to get you fired up. "Sugarcane" hits like a jack knife with Derek Miller's buzzsaw guitar, while Alexis Krauss's lighter than air vocals provide a compelling contrast. The title track, meanwhile, sees Krauss's vocals hitting like a jackhammer in the verses, while still managing to toss in an oh so infectious chorus riff. The song's lyrics are also packed with attitude, as Krauss tells about her victorious confrontation with the town sheriff. Lyrically, the album still tends to be incoherent/scatterbrained in terms of lyrics, but it is clear they are meant to get the listener pumped up even if they tend to lack cohesion.

"Sing Like a Wire" is the hardest hitting track the album has to offer. It sounds like a stadium/arena rock anthem that recalls shades of Treats with its pulsing and pounding electronic work and percussion. The album begins to slow down as it progresses, however. "Young Legends" and "To Hell With You" flash of heavy dose of girlpop vocal melodies, with the latter sounding like it literally could have been a Disney song if not for the loud, crashing guitars. "Tiger Kit" and "You Don't Get Me Twice" showcase the most successful blending of the band's pop and hardcore rock elements. "Tiger Kit" is one of the busiest tracks on disc, tossing in blaring electronics along with what sounds like disc scratching sounds to forge a pure adrenaline stomper.

Softer pieces near the album's close turn to some elements rarely employed by the band. "24" has a high pitched guitar line that noodles and caroms all over the place, sounding not entirely unlike circus music. During the chorus, Miller switches over to some clean strumming that wouldn't sound out of place in an 80s hair metal ballad, but it manages to work when backed by Krauss's exuberant girlpop delivery. Sleigh Bells demonstrate the harder edged numbers are still their forte, but prove they can detour into softer material and pull out fine results most of the time.

Bitter Rivals may not satisfy from start to finish, yet it is still a successful outing for this Brooklyn noise/pop outfit. It's filled with plenty of attitude and a hodgepodge of various far flung elements that seem like they should conflict but mostly don't. It won't overtake Treats as the crown jewel in their catalog, but will give it a good run for its money.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's good, but not their best 10 Oct. 2013
By Real Raleigh Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a recent Sleigh Bells convert/addict. The new album, Bitter Rivals, is more lyrical, slow, methodical, and perhaps ponderous. I have to admit that I liked the sort of menacing or foreboding heaviness of the percussion with Alexis's easy, lyrical vocals juxtaposed on the hard-hitting noise. Several tracks on both (Kids, Riot Rythm, Infinity Guitars / Comeback Kid) really nailed it. I was hopeful that the new album might take it up a notch - more energy, more soft vocals, more shouty guitar and heavy bass. It's actually a little more in the other direction - a little more melodic, but more subdued. It IS good and if you like the last two you will almost certainly like the new one. But if I were to recommend Sleigh Bells to someone, I certainly wouldn't start with this album.

Also - Dear Amazon: the MP3 album costs more than a printed CD? WTF M8?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
electronic and punk mix for kick-ass melodies 29 Jan. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I think this is their third album. I borrowed their first from the library and it caught my attention but it was from the library so I didn't get a good chance to listen. Then I bought the second one and was hooked. I hadn't heard anything like this.

For me what makes great art - music, painting, writing, whatever - is an original voice. No matter how good a band is, if they sound like a bunch of other bands I really don't care that much about them. This band is making history. It's a first for me anyway to hear how the electronic/industrial tech sounds mix perfectly with the punk guitar riffs - "synthpunk" and good playing both ways - thanks Derek Miller! (the guitars have earned their place on the cover) - and then with a chick - Alexis Krauss - screaming in a way that Joan Jett couldn't have thought possible - and on top of all this producing some of the catchiest and pumping tracks out there right now. They made this sound and they own it.

The first song that grabbed me was "Hollywood Sequel," which, if there's any justice in the world, should be a top-40, if top-40s weren't prefabricated franchised chicken nuggets most the time. It's a great track, and if the Kick-Ass movies run out of Joan Jett songs to put on top of Hit Girl's action sequences, they couldn't go too wrong picking this one instead. Or any of them.

All the songs are great. The first song threw me off with the lyrics stealing the famous first lines from Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, and for me that's about the only thing I can even say bothered me at all in this disk of greatness. But even the Dickens reference they succeed in pulling into what turns out to be a great opening track.

If you have any blood in your body, the third track should make your heart pump. The chorus is absolutely wailing. The fourth track keeps it going. This whole album in fact doesn't slow down. It's a pet peeve of mine that some bands who obviously don't have slow power ballads as a forte think they have to use them to balance out the album. Not this group. They don't stop or even slow down. Not on their first album, not on their second, and not on this one - for me the best of the three. I imagine the next album of theirs will even be better the way their going, and honestly if this young women aren't super stars by their next album there is no justice in the world. They make No Doubt sound like a soundtrack to a Barbie musical.

I've heard some people use the words "intense" as a polite way of saying girls shouldn't be able to scream better than guys. Well they do. They're the best punk - or rather neo-punk - or new wave punk - not sure what to call them because they're so original. If these girls are too rowdy for you, you're a wuss who' s missing out on easily one of the best albums of last year. I didn't watch the Grammies (never do) but if I were giving out the awards, this would be in the bag for sure. Pick it up. Yeah it's kind of intense. It's definitely not Billy Ray or Miley Cyrus - thank God Almighty. This album kicks ass. Buy it. Make these guys rich and famous.

As a side note, I was reading Alexis Krauss used to be an elementary school Spanish teacher. Best career move ever.
Better “Rivals” 22 Aug. 2014
By Jay Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Got half an hour? In between the sitcoms and vampire/zombie dramas? Then spin this for some serious fun, kids- the latest noise rock from Sleigh Bells! After their somewhat disappointing follow-up to “Treats”, they’re back on track here for the most part. The standouts for me include “Sugarcane” with its signature bomb drums and shred guitar- wow. “Minnie” shares those elements but is totally different. With opening track “Bitter Rivals”, the best thing about the first three tracks is the combination of familiar and newer elements. Songs like “Sing Like A Wire”, “Young Legends”, “To Hell With You” (an out-take from “Reign of Terror”?) show the band stretching- an admirable quality, but not quite pulling it off until “You Don’t Get Me Twice” which benefits from a genius arrangement and spot-on vocal performance and is simply a great song; the closing “Love Sick” which has a nice vulnerability one doesn’t expect to find much on a Bells album; and “24” which successfully points to a new direction- fresh and exciting- just what I love about Sleigh Bells.
A beautiful noise experiment. Also The Jungle 5 Sept. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
Fuzzy guitars, chick rock, hard bass lines and some aggressive lyrics. The vocals sound a bit like if Gwen Stefani hadn't got all B.A.N.A.N.A.S and baby crazy. Just listen to it, if you don't like it, listen to it again. If you still don't like it then maybe you need to take some lithium 'cause you're depressed (or larium, cause the visuals would be batsh!t).

Seriously, when I was fresh out of college I moved to the rain forest and ate larium so I wouldn't die of malaria. Every.Single.Night I hallucinated that ants were crawling all over me and the other guys we were with couldn't wake me up or get me to stop yelling unless they shone a flashlight on my face. After that, I'd sleep like a baby all night. They didn't tell me about this until months into it cause they thought it was funny.

TLDR - Listen to Bitter Rivals and don't go into the jungle with a guy from your Biology lecture.
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