They wear all black, sing lyrics like "Daylight is the enemy" and have called their album "Witching Hour." But wait! Before you start running for the hills screaming "Get thee behind me Goths!" sit down and listen to Ladytron's alluring electro-pop feast.
It seems the band have been sneaking a listen to MBV, JAMC, The Radio Dept and 'Exterminator'-era Primal Scream on this, their third album. In fact, opening track 'High Rise' would fit snugly onto the Scream's dystopian, millennial masterpiece, as would 'Fighting In Built Up Areas'.
Lead-off single 'Sugar' has saucy minx Helen Marnie cooing seductively "If I give you sugar, will you give me/Something elusive and temporary?" It's a great jailbait lyric.
'International Dateline' is a bouncy pop song propelled along by a fantastic electro-Motown beat. 'Destroy Everything You Touch' is superb too, reminiscent of Depeche Mode's beefier moments. 'Weekend' is cut from the same cloth and typifies the atmosphere of luxuriant ennui that envelopes the whole album. Of the slower tracks, 'The Last One Standing' is superb and 'Beauty*2' is haunting and resigned.
Named (I presume) after the Roxy Music song, Ladytron have the style, dash and sex appeal of their glamorous forebears. Only one puzzle remains - why aren't they huge?