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Witching Hour

Ladytron Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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LADYTRON earned a decade’s worth of acclaim by relentlessly pushing boundaries, carving out new sonic and conceptual space and refusing to abide any formula or trend.

So it’s testimony to their craft to say that Gravity The Seducer, the fifth album from the electro-pop provocateurs, is vintage Ladytron — because, like each of the four preceding albums, it’s not ... Read more in Amazon's Ladytron Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B000B69GJE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most criminally underrated album of 2005 18 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Every time this goes on, when we have guests around, they say "this sounds fantastic, what is it?" and what is even better, it just improves with every listen. Several tracks would work in a club but the best way to listen to it is on your own when you have some time to listen properly.
A unique album, I'm trying to think of more mainstream references than other reviews - how about a (much) darker Pet Shop Boys combined with Depeche Mode and washed through 'Plastic Letters' era Blondie? Well, maybe not but I'm trying! The layers of sound are beautiful. I love the first two albums but this is just way beyond either: full of mystery, evocative sounds and stronger singing than before.
The stand out track for me is 'International Dateline' - really dreamy and 'Destroy...' would be great for anyone who wants to vent their anger by listening at full volume.
I've recommended it to everyone in my vicinity so make sure you at least get to hear it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet 6 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Contrary to some opinions, I think each Ladytron album has improved on the last (I know there's a school of thought that thinks 604 is untouchable).

As an opening track, "High Rise" is fantastic (possibly the best track I heard in 2005), but it is also a real statement that you are about to hear a band move to the next level in their development, and that's exactly what happens. "Destroy Everything you Touch" and "International Dateline" are great too, and "Weekend" positively soars.

I notice another reviewer who said that this album is "criminally under-rated"; and I agree whole-heartedly. Very telling that Q Magazine and Observer Music Monthly both failed to feature it in their "Albums of 2005". Their loss, as they continue to punt Keane and James Blunt.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladytron - Witching Hour 23 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is simply stunning - the progression and growth that this band has had over their 3 albums is outstanding, and this is proof - great melodies, mysterious lyrics and haunting synths. The album hightlights are High Rise, Last One Standing and International Dateline.

I cannot recommend this album enough - buy it and be prepared to fall in love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching 7 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Their first two albums were good but Witching Hour is in a different league. Easily the best album of 2005 and the best electronic album I've heard since the 80s. There isn't one duff track and at least half of them would make great singles - so why aren't Ladytron huge? Beats me. Get this album and then tell all your friends about it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid, epic effort on their third outing... 10 Oct 2005
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Format:Audio CD
It's been almost three years since the release of their second album 'Light & Magic' which was a minimalist yet digital-pop affair. Their tentative third album released entitled 'Witching Hour' sees Ladytron having developed their electronic sound, but still producing an album with an air of mystery.

The quartet sees Liverpudlians Danny Hunt and Reuben Wu (instrumentalists) Scottish minx Helen Marnie (lead vocalist) and Bulgaria's greatest export Mira Aroyo (instrumentalist & vocalist) take their electronic sound on this long awaited third album, to the next level.

During the Light & Magic era they had embarked on an extensive tour of the United States which they've learned a lot from, so much so that they have brought part of this influence into the studio, you may have noticed how I've used the word 'instrumentalists' this is because they have now included live bass and drums with great effect.

What grabbed me on first listen is the amount of new sounds, melodies and multi-layering that have been incorporated, from distorted reverb, buzzing synths to even a lullaby xylophone on 'The Last One Standing'. I've seen many references in other reviews of the album of it sounding like dream-pop/shoe-gazing, perhaps acknowledging bands like My Bloody Valentine or The Jesus & Mary Chain which may well be true, overall this still sounds incredibly fresh and most certainly adds something new to the arena.

One of the most dynamic interests of the band is their ability to craft lyrics with ambiguous themes into their songs. This can lead to many different interpretations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witching Hour - the spell is cast 6 Oct 2005
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Ladytron are the finest band to emerge from Liverpool in recent years. Their 2000 debut album 604 (dirty analogue) and 2002 follow up Light & Magic (polished digital) are fantastic electronic pop albums but where mistakenly lumped together under e******c***h (it's actually a festival, not a genre) much to their own dismay.....although it did do get them some attention. After some bad luck with record labels and some good luck by doing an influential and extensive US tour they are back with their long awaited third album. It's a very different beast with the introduction of live drums and bass, however the synths are still there growling and buzzing as ever....this time it's very much a rock-orientated sound but it's produced mainly with electronic instruments. Ladytron are still very much an electronic band.
Every track in my opinion is a gem; from the opening killer reverb of High Rise to the anthem sounding Destroy Everything You Touch (which should get everyone moving to its pounding beat). Lead vocalist Helen Marnie's vocals on International Dateline have never sounded more confident or epic....it leads on to the hidden scariness of Soft Power as it links the album title and with lyrics like 'the arrogance of the forest.....setting fire to the tourists' and 'daylight is the enemy' you can't help but feel that something is out to get you.....talking of a forest I felt like I was lost in one when the dark and melodic instrumental CMYK came on what with its brooding dirty bass-line.
AMTV sees fellow vocalist Mira Aroyo taking main vocals but this time not in her native Bulgarian....her vocal delivery and the tempo of the track make it easily the catchiest track on the album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond expectations
Not my kind of music but bought it for track 2. Delighted to find track 12 even better.
Published 6 days ago by Robert G Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
Great limited edition Ladytron vinyl, from the days before 'Gravity the (really bad album that I can't bear to listen to) seducer'
Sadly Amazon were unable to find the correct... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Trev Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine-tingling masterpiece
Like other reviewers, I am kind of baffled why Ladytron aren't much bigger than they are. But it seems to be one of the eternal laws of the music industry that the really great and... Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Bewitched by Ladytron
They wear all black, sing lyrics like "Daylight is the enemy" and have called their album "Witching Hour." But wait! Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2007 by Kevin Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'bonus remix' album has these tracks and more
There is a newer version of this album on Amazon called 'Witching Hour: Bonus Remix Edition' (ASIN: B000TSJU4U). Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2007 by Richard D
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
this is such a good album. electro at it's best, yet, this ablum is extremly underrated. it opens with a firey start, "high rise" and delves into "destroy everything you touch,"... Read more
Published on 11 May 2006 by clare
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch
this album is excellent, sonically diverse and a fair bit addictive. id kind of liked to see the lyrics printed on the sleeve though they sound most intrigueing
Published on 28 Oct 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best thing anywhere and anywhen.
I'm not not a lazy person, so I can't find the steam to write the 20-page epic review it deserves. When I first listened to this album, one I had been anticipating for years now, I... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2005 by Mr. D. R. Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Constant Improvement
Surely this year's "must buy" for the discerning alternative music listener. Accessible but with enough depth to endure and unfold through repeated playing. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2005 by I. Hewerdine
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