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Velocifero

3 Jun 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Jun 2008
  • Label: Nettwerk Productions
  • Copyright: 2008 Nettwerk Productions
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  • ASIN: B001EQ2Z84
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zuri Z on 24 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
Once upon a time, electronic acts were routinely dismissed for fetishising sounds at the expense of musical substance. It's ironic, then, that Ladytron have written some of the best songs of the 00s while the 21st century rock'n'roll brigade, largely concerned with approaching various sonic blueprints from yesteryear, have rarely managed to pen anything memorable, let alone lasting.

Ladytron's latest strike Velocifero is their best so far: 53 minutes and not one weak track. The opening `Black Cat' appears to merge three distinct Dario Argento soundtracks into one: a gothic keyboard motif reminiscent of Profondo Rosso, the mechanic 80s beat of Tenebrae, and the stomach-punching synth drum accents of Suspiria. Wow.

`Ghosts' is essentially an electro glam rock shuffle. That concept isn't new, but where Goldfrapp were trying, Ladytron do it effortlessly and emerge with a much more natural sense of melody.

`I'm Not Scared' features more of Helen Marnie's ethereal vocal melodies and is the standout track of the album. Ladytron's vocal lines being idiosyncratic as they are, I'm often under the impression the band have invented and patented their own scales.

While on earlier efforts Mira Aroyo's harshly spoken vocals exuded the charm of a communist border guard from a 1980s Stallone movie, she utilizes her native Bulgarian in a way that makes the language sound genuinely sexy on the sublime `Kletva'. Imagine smoothly coming down from speed on an early summer morning, laying in a park with friends you've spent a night out with. You might have a few cans and a few lines left, and there's a sexual undercurrent to your interaction. `Kletva' is the sonic equivalent of that atmosphere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
...give it a couple of plays, and play it loud. One misgiving: try not to listen to this on tinny little iPod speakers or headphones - they just can't cope with the omnipresent bass synth that rumbles throughout the whole album. You'll need a decent hi-fi for this, otherwise the whole thing distorts. I wonder how often artists think of this when they're in the studio?
(Incidentally, why has nobody else mentioned 'Burning Up' as a standout track?)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
Have you noticed, when walking along a busy street, how many
more obstacles to a safe passage exist than did so (for those
of you who can remember) twenty years ago ?!

Humans have all but ceased to look OUT into the world.

With attention focussed on mobile phones and portable personal
music systems the pavements of London have become evermore
dangerous for a fellow, like myself, with four paws and a tail.

...and as for stainless steel mini-scooters - just don't get me started !

All of which may or may not heve any connection to the following
thoughts about Ladytron's most recent release 'Velocifero'.

The formula is an appealing one, if a little relentless at times.

Thirteen dense, rhythmically four-square, electropop anthems.

Despite, or perhaps inspite of, the lack of dynamic variation
evident in this set, it is left to its' not inconsiderable
melodic strengths to win through and save the day.

'Black Cat' is a worthy opener.
Mr Cortini's production skill brings a dark, hard edge to the
proceedings and Ms Aroyo deports herself splendidly in her
native Bulgarian with mysterious aplomb.

The confident stomping approach continues through ' Ghosts',
'I'm Not Scared' and 'Runaway' with little sign of fatigue.

'Season of Illusion' seduces us with it's slower introduction
and spookily shifting chordal progression before settling down
into another grinding groove.

'Burning Up' crackles along with the spirit of Mr Oakey and friends
dancing wildly in the wings.

'Kletva' mystifies with its elusive melody and impenetrable
(unless you happen to be Bulgarian) lyrical content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Innes on 29 Dec 2008
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Not so much a review as an exclamation of total joy. An outstandingly brilliant album. If you have heard them before you will love it, if its the first time you have come accross them then buy this album. Outstanding. My best album of '08.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Blakemore on 17 Jun 2008
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Ok, I've had this album now since it's release a fortnight ago. Initially I'd been very excited about it because I jumped on the whole Ladytron thing at Witching Hour, and that left a big impression on me. On the first listen the songs don't really seem all that interesting and you feel yourself wondering why they chose to make it so long (again!). 'Runaway' and 'Season of illusion' stood out but for much of the latter half I simply switched off, and on one occasion, fell asleep. For almost a week after that I didn't feel the urge to listen to it again but recently I gave it another chance, and it has been slowly working it's way under my skin ever since. Seriously, this is a very good album. It's not astounding, but then when I think about it Witching Hour is hardly flawless either (being arguably a track or two, too long). It lacks anything soft and affecting like Beauty*2 as well which means that the whole experience of the album is very oppressive indeed. But what this album does have is BIG gothic-synth anthems - really good one's too like 'Burning Up', 'They gave You A Heart, They Gave You A Name' (probably the best track), 'Lovers', 'Deep Blue'. I think the album was intended to be the equivalent of a blunt instrument hammering into the psyche and frankly, I prefer Ladytron when they do that.

I can see a lot of my friends who enjoy their EBM liking some of this too. So on reflection, I think if you like Depeche Mode at their stadium stomping best, then you may very well like the direction Ladytron are taking. It's not subtle and there are other interesting avenues to take in Electronic Pop of course, but perhaps for those of us who occasionally like a bit of black nail varnish with our night out, there's something to stamp our feet to here.
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