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Crystal World [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Proper W/S
  • ASIN: B00EUNTKAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,826 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Double vinyl, fourth side is an etching. August 1st, 2013, before this domestic vinyl was announced, Pitchfork said: "What's for all intents and purposes the sixth Ladytron album was conceived, funded, and released this year through Pledge Music to their least ado in years: there've been the standard lyric sheets and signed merch as well as shoes, a bikini, and even a 1998 Rover Cooper Mini Sport ("rust in usual areas") on offer, but almost no press. It's strange Crystal World is billed as Helen Marnie, Ladytron's lead vocalist, but between returning producer Daniel Hunt (as well as Keren Ann collaborator Bardi Johannsson) and the downcast synthscapes he creates, it'd be believable as a successor to 2011's relatively sedate Gravity the Seducer, which wasn't as zeitgeisty as Witching Hour but hardly obscure. It's a bit of a curiosity: an admitted pop move that makes no plays at a pop audience and that's mostly midtempo, like a Ladytron album composed entirely of their ballads. Even the title sounds closed off. What's striking is how even an album so insular in distribution and in sound, is nevertheless conversant with trends; a surprising number of boxes get checked. Single "The Hunter", the most Ladytron-like track here, is a rippling bit of Moroder by Hunt; if it weren't for the gentle lilt or Witching Hour melody of the chorus, it could be anyone's sequencer mania. Vaguely political "Sugarland" is the kind of 80s pop ballad with swooning backing vocals that everyone's trying to write this year, backed with the shoegazey guitars and synths they've tried to reproduce for longer. There's a slightly sullied chanson in "Violet Affair", a reverb-swept song named "Laura" about someone close enough to Laura Palmer (after a dye job here, but demise and affairs intact), a sprawling, M83-ish set closer in "Hearts on Fire" (which doesn't actually close Crystal World; the sequencing is a bit off).


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