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  • Vinyl (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk
  • ASIN: B00531DSO6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. White Elephant
  2. Mirage
  3. White Gold
  4. Ace Of Hz
  5. Ritual
  6. Moon Palace

Disc: 2

  1. Altitude Blues
  2. Ambulances
  3. Melting Ice
  4. Transparent Days
  5. 90 Degrees
  6. Aces High

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Ladytron release their fifth album GRAVITY THE SEDUCER on September 12th. Features the singles White Elephant and Mirage.

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Format: Vinyl
This review is for Ladytron's "Gravity the Seducer: Remixed" on vinyl. Note that the other two reviews linked to this LP (at time of publication) are actually for the original "Gravity the Seducer", not the remixed LP. Amazon has a bad habit of linking reviews to the wrong products.

Firstly, it must be said that the original "Gravity" received a rather mixed reception, with some feeling that certain tracks sounded more than a bit like instrumental versions of other songs. There is some validity to this observation, but I think some of the comments are a bit extreme and unfounded. "Completely uninspired"? Hardly. I think part of the reaction had to do simply with the fact that there were purely instrumental tracks at all, perhaps because the distinctive vocals of Helen and Mira provide a not-insignificant contribution to Ladytron's sound.

This limited-run, remixed version of "Gravity the Seducer" is a pleasant surprise, supplying a fresh look at these tracks. The variety of the selected mixes offers a more diverse soundscape compared with the original. It is particularly striking because it's not simply good remixes of the best tracks. It is in fact the entire album, remixed. Thus, what you get is all 12 tracks in the original order, but each in a new version by a wide range of contributors.

This fresh take on "Gravity" sheds new light on the original and I find myself listening to it more than I did previously. The remixed version is, however, far better in my opinion. This is in no small way related to the choice of mixes used. There is such diversity in the sound but somehow, they complement each other beautifully. It is a satisfying and at times eerily gorgeous listen, including in the final track, a reworking of "Aces High".
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Format: Vinyl
I am not wonderfully impressed by side B, but the key melodic tracks on side A's made it really enjoyable for people who like synthesizer music, especially me who don't find much of mass-manufactured pop to my taste.
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Format: Audio CD
This is easily the worst thing that Ladytron have ever done.

With "Ace of Hertz" as a passable pop song and everything else sounding like a poor B-side.
It's like an average pop band's second album, when the pressure has been on from the record company to throw something together quickly and this far down the line with Ladytron's brilliant history, that just doesn't wash.
I would go as far to say that it's "band-splittingly bad" in that I struggle to believe all members of the band could possibly be happy with the release of such a lacklustre album.
There's thin sounding production throughout, with drivel lyrics and none of the flair, depth or variety of the previous albums.

Completely uninspired.

As Ladytron are my favourite current band, I'm saddened that they let this out of the studio.

Buy any/all of the Ladytron back catalogue and forget that this even exists.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e472d50) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e48fa20) out of 5 stars BEING SEDUCED BY LADYTRON 13 Sept. 2011
By nin/ja77 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ladytron release album number 5 "Gravity The Seducer" which is the follow up to 2008's excellent "Velocifero" and comes after a spell of hanging out with legendary producer Brian Eno(who thinks they are brilliant!), who was once a member of Roxy Music who are the band that Ladytron got their name from as they have a song called "Ladytron". His influence can be heard on the album that sees them add new scope to their sound. It's an album that sees them experiment with different styles than ever before.

This is evident on the smooth opener "White Elephant" the song features a haunting sounding keyboard sound in the background. Ladytron listeners will already be familiar with "Ace Of Hz" as it was already included on carear retrospective "Best of 00-10". The Brian Eno influence is really heard on the 3 instrumental tracks on the album the pick of which is "Transparent Days", "Ritual" would probably have worked better with vocals from either Helen Marnie or Mira Aroyo. the third instrumental track is album closer "Aces High".

If any movie director is looking for a good horror style track then they should take a listen to the chilling and haunting "Moon Palace" which really is helped by Mira Aroyo's cold style of vocal. The song "White Gold" is also haunting sounding in a weird eighties sounding way. "Ninety Degrees" is a track that well get repeated listens with both vocalists on fine form. The album recalls elements and influence from Kraftwrek, Gary Numan, Curve, Brian Eno and The Human League but still having an original feel.

With "Gravity The Seducer" Ladytron may have released their most experimental album to date and longtime fans might be disappointed that the big beats have been replaced by a more mellower sound but it's an album that on repeated listens will show that Ladytron have plenty left to offer and will continue to evolve.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e48fa74) out of 5 stars Best Ladytron to Date 21 Sept. 2011
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Gravity the Seducer is Ladytron's best effort to date with a mix of songs that push musically beyond anything that they've put out before. Favorites of mine include 90 Degrees, Mirage, Ace of Hz and White Elephant. Only reason I don't give 5 stars is that there is some filler material but all in all, a very strong effort!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e495438) out of 5 stars Great! Not as great as their other abums though. 21 Oct. 2011
By grahamelectro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been in love with Ladytron ever since I picked up Witching Hour at my local half price books. Witching Hour was brilliant and I could not get enough of it. So then, I went searching for their other stuff at my local record stores and I got a hold of a copy of Velocifero. Velocifero was another brilliantly crafted CD. It was even better than Witching Hour in some aspects. SO then, I got 604 and Light & Magic. Both of those albums were also great. They are clearly less developed than their later albums but they show the potential that Ladytron had from the beginning. Needless to say, when I heard of Gravity the Seducer, I was excited. I pre-ordered it right away and anxiously awaited its arrival. I was not disappointed. It is a great album. It is clearly following the path that Velocifero started. However, there are too many instrumentals on Gravity. I love Helen Marnie's voice, I want to hear it. I do not like the fact that Gravity only has three instrumentals out of a total of only twelve songs. I wish that there were either less instrumentals or more total tracks. The songs that are present are great but they are lacking something that Witching Hour and Velocifero had. I, however, still highly recommend this album for anyone that enjoys Ladytron's music.
I would also like to recommend some bands that Ladytron fans might like:
Apoptygma Berzerk (Ladytron even remixes one of their tracks)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e495120) out of 5 stars Gravity hasn't stopped them... 26 Sept. 2011
By Tankery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an excellent album. Their best yet as this band continues to bend, anneal and separate themselves from anyone else. Hypnotic, electro pop, I suppose, but with an edge only provided by this band, especially on their last two studio efforts. My favorite tracks are Melting Ice, Ambulances, well all of the ones that have singers.

There lies the only quibble I have is with the instrumentals. They sound a bit like intermissions between the good songs. I just like it when they write complete pieces with the haunting vocals, mesmerizing electronics, and mood evoking beats.

Still, this band keeps getting better and better, to me.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Lee Goettl - Published on Amazon.com
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Caught this band after listening to a few Witching Hour tracks...got addicted. Learned that Trent Reznor had them open for him too. I'm now officially addicted. This particular album steps off the gas pedal a bit, gives the music the priority, and puts a bit more warmth into it as well. Definitely hearing the Eno influence, and it sounds like this band is stepping into a bit different territory. Not TOO different...I'd say it's like when Radiohead went from Hail to the Thief to In Rainbows. Warmer, but still had the sound and feel that made them who they are.
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