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Treats [CD]

Sleigh Bells Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B003KT3NS4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can You Get To That
2. Tell 'Em
3. Kids
4. Riot Rhythm
5. Infinity Guitars
6. Run The Heart
7. Rachel
8. Rill Rill
9. Crown On The Ground
10. Straight A's
11. A/B Machines
12. Treats

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BBC Review

Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, the him and the her behind new M.I.A.-feted Brooklyn sensation Sleigh Bells, hail from two pretty distant areas on the musical map. He learned his chops playing guitar in Miami metalcore ragers Poison the Well. She, meanwhile, got her break playing in a teen pop band called Rubyblue.

Curiously, though, you can hear the influence of both extremes in their debut album Treats. Much like Crystal Castles, this is a group that specialises in mixing up the sweet and the nasty. Electronic beats drop like cartoon anvils, guitars and synths are slathered in distortion, and the mix sometimes appears to have been plotted in order to introduce your ears to the concept of whiplash. But when Krauss isn't dispensing stern, M.I.A.-style raps, she's often to be found cooing in sweet baby-doll sing-song, and when all the bombast and distortion falls away, you realise that at their heart, Sleigh Bells have a knack for writing lovelorn fuzz-pop songs. "I wanna know what's good for you / You wanna know what's good for me," Krauss implores on Run The Heart.

A bewildering but fun bedlam seems to be their default setting, if the first half-dozen or so tracks are anything to go by. Riot Rhythm and Infinity Guitars rock out in a frenzy of angular riffs and chundering beats. This is fun enough, but could also get old over the full-length, so it's to their credit that this is the point that Sleigh Bells switch up their style. The peculiarly beautiful Rachel feels almost tailor-made to soundtrack a Sofia Coppola film, a blend of chopped-up synths and yearning vocals that recall those of My Bloody Valentine's Bilinda Butcher.

It's the following Rill Rill that might just be the duo's most endearing track, though. It's a sassy, country-tinged guitar song that finds Krauss singing about "wondering what your boyfriend thinks about your braces". It won't be Sleigh Bells' signature song, and rightly so–it's the sonic mayhem that'll get them noticed. But like Crystal Castles before them, it suggests they've got content beyond the chaos.

--Louis Pattison

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CD Description

Treats is the debut album from Sleigh Bells, made up of Brooklyn duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think it's genius, YMMV. 11 Aug 2010
By Tim
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This record seems to be being touted as an underground classic in the making. This is slightly deceptive because, in fact, it is pure pop. It consists entirely of stomping beats, repetitive lyrics and enormous riffs. It has a whole string of potential singles that, if there were any justice in the world, would be number 1 hits.

Except. The production.

Now, normally, I feel production is something that should take a back seat but in this case it's impossible to ignore. All these recordings are brutally redlined. Do you remember cassette recorders? Do you remember the crude automatic level control that messed your recordings up and meant that whenever the drums cut in everything else cut out? Well, Sleigh Bells have used a bunch of expensive valve gear to achieve exactly the same effect. presumably. I dunno, maybe they did run it through the mic on an old portable. You could hold it up as a masterclass in how not to master a record. It shouldn't work at all.

This is either complete idiocy or a stroke of genius. I'm coming down on the side of genius. Somehow it all works. This is a great record.

PS My partner commented "if it weren't for the production it would be the Ting Tings". She's right. I don't think this is a bad thing on any count.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome 30 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was first turned onto the duo from Brooklyn by a friend on twitter and have since fell in love with the interesting dynamic between the singers unique voice twisted in with guitar and electronica. Their music is hard to translate into words. The only way I've been able to describe them to people is a toned down version of Crystal Castles mixed with a very small bit of muse's guitar riffs.

This poor description shows how different Sleigh Bells are to the norm and deserve a listen. My favourite track is the opener "Tell 'Em" for its brash and unreservedly explosive introduction to the band.

Great album, worth the asking price 100%.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Sleigh Bells are a duo out of Brooklyn; this is their first album and doing quite nicely in the USA.
Derek E Miller's distort guitar combined with trusty laptop backings, through which weaves the sometimes ethereal, otherwise plaintive and occasionally hard rock voice of Alexis Krauss is a fine example of Noise Pop. With all the joyous frantic clamour of a playground handclapping game carried out by a horde of adults let loose from the strictures of their jobs or studies this album grabs your senses and will not let go; feet start tapping, hands joining in using knees as percussion and you tend to stop doing just what you were doing, drawing in by the persistent grinding rhythms, and that voice which should not be able to be making itself heard over the sound.
Now, be fair you might have a bit of difficulty separating one song from the next at times, but in this case it does not matter, just let yourself be carried along by the beat- Yep, we are dealing with music at its tribal basics here albeit fed through the wonders of 21st century technology and overlaid with repetitive but insistently simple captivating lyrics.
I understand that Noise Pop claims a lineage as far back as The Velvet Underground , I guess that's to do with the distort and the driving rhythms- that would explain why it's grabbing me. Though I wouldn't like to push the comparison any further. This is one great album for being caught up in the sound, never mind your major musical preferences....or generation-timeless y'see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Treats 18 Sep 2011
By Pikers
Format:Audio CD
Great first album, sounding different to anything I've heard before. It's absolute chaos most of the time, and needs to be played loud! I've found that over time, I've started to skip some songs but others I could listen to all day; it's not flawless but definitely deserves a good listen to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOISE IS AWESOME 7 May 2012
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This band is fantastic. I had heard a few people talking about them and decided to try the album. A decision I do not regret. If you like indie pop mixed with a bit of abrasive noise (kind of in the style of Crystal Castles but a tad more melodic) then you'll probably be into this.
Youtube the song Tell 'Em, if you like that you'll like the album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different but Awesome 10 Jan 2012
By ekb
Format:Audio CD
Ah while Lady Gaga goes about her business pretending to be different but still singing the most generic pop songs on the market Sleigh Bells are actually doing something incredibally awesome; hit after hit that is as awesome as it is original. If you want really good music I suggest sleigh bells.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Starts off strong... 25 May 2011
By Wonko
Format:Audio CD
Having heard a couple of the tracks from this album on the radio (BBC 6 Music) I decided to take the plunge. I wasn't disappointed. The tracks I already knew were all present and correct, and the rest of the album was in a similar vein.

The music itself is not comparable to anything I am already familiar with, and the following description doesn't do it justice. Heavy over distorted guitars, synthy vocals, sparse electric drums.

Nothing I can say, hasn't already been said before. I think it's a great album, and look forward to seeing what they can do in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 10 Feb 2011
By G1089
Format:Audio CD
What can i say!!!!....loud and brash sums it up, but soooooo different. Some of the quality a bit lacking but so different and as many reviewers before me have said - has to be played at 11 !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Brought this for my 15 year old son and he loved it. Good seller to will defo use them again 5*
Published 6 months ago by inky
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me a while to get into it
This album took me a long time to get into it but keep with it it'll get there. It's a shame apple use one of their songs on their add I fear they are going to go down that hipster... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andrew Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
Awesome, got into it straight away, flows brilliantly and great variance in song style. Only problem with getting into it straight away it effected the longevity of listening to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr J Caron
1.0 out of 5 stars ILLEGAL ITEMS
The product I recieved was in fact a promotional CD, not the released one, that said not to be sold on the front of it. Such blatant fraud was certainly not expected... Read more
Published 15 months ago by kessie hourahine
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut
So pleased I bought this album. If I made one mistake, its that I bought their second album at the same time, and that one wa a little better than this one, which spoiled it a tiny... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Damien
4.0 out of 5 stars Slay Bells
Back in the space year 2004, I inherited an ancient drum machine which I duly ran through my guitar effects pedals, turned everything to 11 and basked in the throbs of white-noise,... Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by C. Bransden
3.0 out of 5 stars This is my opinion of this album
A really good, powerful record. If you like it loud, you'll probably enjoy this. Not too sure where they'll go next, but in the meantime 'Treats' is well worth a few listens.
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Paws for thought
4.0 out of 5 stars riff heaven
What else can one say but great, pumping album good to get a party started, the rappy/shouty vocals and riffing guitars have a great energy that make this album very enjoyable.
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Mr. L. Napolitano
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