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JUST A QUICK REFLECTION
on 30 March 2011
If you haven't yet discovered Ladytron now is the perfect time to discover them, you won't be disappointed, maybe a bit upset it took you so long to discover them. after all it was 2007 before i discovered them, mainly thanks to Nine Inch Nails taking them on tour, i have been a fan since.
For Ladytron themselves, who take their name from a Roxy music song this is just a quick reflection before they release album number 5 later this year. Ladytron are a four piece Electropop outfit that were formed in Liverpool in 1999 and have 2 vocalists, Scottish singer Helen Marnie and Bulgarian Mira Aroyo who interestingly sings some of her tracks in Bulgarian. so yes with female vocalists thy will attract comparisons with Crystal castles, then again that's not a bad thing. The album might be called a best of but it's a strange title for a band that have had no real chart success(but really deserve to).
The 17 tracks on disc one are taken from their four studio albums as well as two new tracks tagged on at he end. the brilliant current single "Ace Of Hz" and their cover version of the Death In June track "Little Black Angel" which should give us a taster to album number 5. Only 2 tracks from debut album "604" make the album "Playgirl" and "Discotraxx" being the chosen two. Yet really all the tracks here are deserving, yes cases could be made for other tracks to be included. But there's the brilliant "Tomorrow" which sounds like New order in their prime. "Ghosts" sounds like an eltrco glam stomp of a track. "Blue Jeans" rumbles with big beats that The Chemical Brothers would be proud of. The brilliant "Light and Magic" sounds all trippy and is taken from the album of the same name. "Fighting In Built Up areas" features a great beat and a spoken vocal from Aroyo. "Destroy Everything You Touch" sounds a bit like Curve(another band you should really check out).
With this deluxe edition you get a further 16 tracks including the brilliant "Black Cat" and single the excellent trippy "Evil" which is a great track. Also the final track from "Light and Magic" "The Reason Why" is a worthy addition as Marnie delivers a trademark vocal with Aroyo in the background. There is also an 80 page photo booklet included. The only problem is with the deluxe edition is that they should have used the second disc for remixes as Ladytron are the perfect band to remix and have been done so on many occasion. They did release a digital only compilation called "Best of Remixes" which includes remixes by the likes of Felix Da Housecat, Josh Wink, Soulwax and Simian Mobile Disco from the b sides of singles through the years. It would have made more sense to use that as the collection part of the deluxe edition or even include it as free 3rd disc if you buy the deluxe edition and would be a great way of having all the best remixes together.
When you have four top quality albums to call on then it's hard to please everyone with a compilation album, but if you are new to ladytron this is a good starting place and if you like it make sure to check out all four of their previous albums(604, light and magic, witching hour and Velocifero) and look forward to "Gravity the Seducer" which should be released this year.