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Treats

24 May 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 May 2010
  • Release Date: 24 May 2010
  • Label: Mom + Pop Music
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  • Total Length: 32:00
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  • ASIN: B003NLWZV0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,670 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 11 Aug. 2010
Format: MP3 Download
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 By Amazon Customer on 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 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2010
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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 By Pikers on 18 Sept. 2011
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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 By Wonko on 25 May 2011
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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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By C. Bransden on 26 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
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, pretending I was a hardcore version of Duran Duran. Sleigh Bells is essentially that, except with decent tunes.

'Treats' tells you almost everything you need to know about Sleigh Bells within 3 seconds of opener 'Tell 'Em' - guitars pitch bent until they sound like casio keyboards, over cheap beats. But it's not until vocalist Alexis Krauss appears 1 minute into the mix, that it all comes together. It's this paring of punk (guitarist Derek Millar used to play for Post-Hardcore group 'Poison The Well') and pop (Krauss had a brief tenure in a girlband in the early 00s) that is the order of the day. Calling cards 'Crown On The Ground' and 'Infinity Guitars' smother you in treble, but there is no escaping their glorious hooks.

Occasionally the noise/pop divide swings a little further into one camp, as with the sickly pop of 'Rill Rill', or the hardcore-via-Dictaphone of 'Straight A's', but for the most part things stick to the formula. The album tails off a little towards the end, but by that point Sleigh Bells have already mastered a genre of their own making, and it's exciting to see where they take it next. Bring earplugs.
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