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Light And Magic Import

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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emperor Norton
  • ASIN: B00006IQHJ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. True Mathematics
  2. Seventeen
  3. Flicking Your Switch
  4. Fire
  5. Turn It On
  6. Blue Jeans
  7. Cracked LCD
  8. Black Plastic
  9. Evil
  10. Startup Chime
  11. Nu Horizons
  12. Cease2xist
  13. Re:agents
  14. Light & Magic
  15. The Reason Why

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Format: Audio CD
I first encountered this band about eighteen months ago. I kept
reading about them on an electronic music newsgroup and thought
I'd find out more. Their website didn't give much away and I
was intrigued with the sound clips I downloaded.
I then came across their "The Way That I Found You" single and
that was it really. They are an awesome band; bringing a
modern sheen to their early 80s electro influences, they are
like no other and are easily ahead of the likes of Fischerspooner
etc with whom they have been compared.
I didn't think it possible to top their debut album 604 but they
have achieved it. They've managed to move their sound on and
develop it from 604 but still provide the aural interest that
was evident on that album.
Stand-out tracks on Light & Magic? Seventeen deserves to be a
big hit single. The combination of Helen's whispered voice and
a great melody make this a real winner. Flicking Your Switch is
a Chicago house vibe that takes no prisoners and the disturbing
and claustrophobic Fire are worth the price alone.
The Arthur Baker/New York electro influence is also felt on
Turn It On with its vocoded vocals and infectious melodic
hook. The last thirty years in electronic pop are on this
album!
The low-point (if there is one) is Nu Horizons which is
basically a rehash of their earlier b-side Holiday 601 with
its strict Germanic quantisation and Mira's spoken Bulgarian lyrics.
As I have said here before, they deserve to be huge.
Comparisons with Abba and Propaganda (due to the two
blokes/two lasses line-up) are wide of the mark as
the 'Tron are something else completely. This is one
of the albums of 2002; at once as fresh as a daisy and
with a healthy regard of electronic music's rich and
varied past so buy it!
Al Ferrier
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By A Customer on 6 Dec. 2002
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At first listening this seems like a rather odd mix of dancefloor sass and bedroom introspection, but after a few listens it evolves into a classy,shiny noughties-electro masterpiece.The sublime "Seventeen" is easily the best electro single of 2002 with the gorgeous Helen Marnie whispering over modern Kraftwerkian synths.
A few tracks are somewhat cumbersome but the progression from 604 is evident in the variety of sounds and song structures.
Recorded in the sunkissed nightmare of Los Angeles, this record fortunately reflects little of the vacuous Californian lifetsyle and is firmly set in modern Europa.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 40 reviews
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Are The Robots 18 Feb. 2003
By W. Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ladytron will probably have to tolerate being saddled with the "eighties" retro tag for as long as they exist (hopefully they will exist for a very long time) but to see them as just some sort of nostalgia band is to do them a great disservice. Apart from the fact that they write excellent pop songs, they have struck on as sound as unique as, say, Stereolab with their astute use of clever electronics, passionless and unique vocal sound and lyrics that help construct their individual futuristic landscape.
They plunder the electronic heritage with a magpie-like selection of shiny objects, everything from Visage to Moroder and beyond, then add their individual touches and make the contributions of yesterday sound very new, very now and also very tomorrow.
Seventeen is an infectious and great single (and I'm thrilled it is getting consdierable airplay here in Australia, all the less air time for Avril Lavigne - someone please stop her!) but it's only the start. This album sparkles with pop hits, crazy roboticism ("Cracked LCD") and the totally luscious ("The Reason Why") and there's so much more. Listen to with their first album "604" for extended enjoyment. If you love electronica, this will be for you.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit different from 604, good and bad... 18 Sept. 2002
By Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ladytrons new album is stylistically very different from their debut. The warm analog synths from 604 are all but gone replaced by colder digital synths. For most of the tracks the sound seems to have shifted from 1980/81/82 UK (Human League/Kraftwerk/Visage to name a few) to post electro New York or Detroit. We're talking 1985/86/87. Unfortunately I find that most tracks are just genre exercises lacking the great hooks found in 604. Tracks 10-15 I skip entirely.
There are some exceptions. The first song "True Mathematics" is my favorite on the whole disc. Clocking in at 2:22 it's a perfect slice of sleezy Soft Cell esque pop. It brings up funny memories of the video for "What". I know it's not likely as a single but I'd love to see this fleshed out to a 12 incher.
The next song is a feeble attempt at recreating "Playgirl", right down to the monotamous lyrics and bassline. Whereas "Playgirl" literally hugged you with it's warm sound, "Seventeen" will leave you cold. Moving on to "Flicking Your Switch", the biggest shocker is what sounds like an early Acid House style bass and synthline. Amazingly, it works.
Other highlights include "Turn it On", a fine 808 driven instrumental that sounds like a lost New Order B Side. Hey, I'm a sucker for anything with that 808 cowbell. "Black Plastic" is a keeper as is "Evil" which starts out almost sounding like a Kylie Minogue song. Try singing "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" over the opening synths. "Evil" ends with over a minute of beautiful atmospheric synths, reminding me of something Beck would do. "Evil" is my other pick for a single.
I wanted to like this album even more than I liked 604 but it's just not happening for me. When this album is good, it is really good. But only one track (True Mathematics) matches the genius of "The Way The I Found You" or "Paco" or most of the brilliant pop of "604". I'd say there's about 5 really good songs on this disc, and if it was only those 5 songs on an EP I'd give it 4 stars. As a whole I'd give it 2.5 stars, but I'll be nice and give it 3.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro-electro never sounded so current... 20 Sept. 2002
By Christopher Betche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ladytron consists of five members: two guys, two girls, and a room full of 1980's era drum machines and synthesizers. Electro with spoken word vocals (and occasional melodies) is perhaps the easiest way to describe their style. '604', their first album, despite some instrumental head bangers, was a fairly poppy affair. 'Light & Magic' has taken a harder approach, and that's for the better. More sound effects, harder beats, and distorted melodies add up to a stronger second effort. Don't let the first two mediocre songs fool you. "Flicking Your Switch" pairs a funky retro 4/4 beat with droning vocals and simple background chords. "Turn It On" sounds like Mantronix or even Afrika Bambaataa going crazy on a synthesizer. "Black Plastic" has the feel of the first single (if there is one), with synth strings bouncing off staccato basslines and surprisingly musical vocals. "Startup Noise" is loud, classic, end of the world techno. This album also has a more consistent feel than its predecessor. So if you like video game soundtracks, early dance music, or just the idea of hopping back in time twenty years, 'Light & Magic' is the album for you.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars back to the 80s! 15 Oct. 2002
By bkoolman03 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD takes you right back to the Eighties! It makes me wanna dig out all my old Depeche Mode CDs and put on a leather jacket with buckles and some tight jeans. I didn't know Ladytron before I came across their latest album Light&Magic, but since I got it I'm totally hooked on it.
They remind me of New Order, Depeche Mode or Kraftwerk.
I haven't heard their first album 604 yet, which so many people say is supposed to be so much better. I don't believe that. It can't be better - it might be different. I guess it's a good thing that I didn't know it. This way I didn't listen to Light&Magic with any expectations that could be destroyed.
Light&Magic is one hour of beautiful synth pop that floats through the room with nice beats and airy vocals. I especially recommend listening to Seventeen which has a nice melody and fun lyrics. Other great songs are Blue Jeans, Cease2xcist or The Reason Why. But the best way to listen to this album is to just put it in the player and not touch the skip button. It's electro pop that manages to touch your soul. At least that's what it did to me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised By All The Negative Reactions 30 Sept. 2002
By A. W. Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I'm somewhat taken aback by all of the negative commentary this, their second album, seems to have attracted. Yes, it does sound markedly different to _604_, but I'd go against the apparent concensus that they've all but dropped the early 80s influences.
I personally was rather disappointed with the first album. There was nothing wrong with the music, but it didn't hang together particularly well - hardly surprising given how much of it had previously appeared elsewhere, and spanned several years of the group's existence. I'd long since grown tired of the likes of "Playgirl" and "Paco" by the time the album appeared, and a lot of the new material was weak and seemed like filler.
_Light & Magic_, by contrast, has a much more consistent sound. It's an album, not some singles with padding. That this isn't the sound of "Playgirl" is doubtless a contributing factor to some of the poor reviews, but given how the band's sound has varied so much in the past, it's hardly a surprise.
I'll admit there are some aspects of the album's sound that I'm not too fond of myself - the bass is muddy and too heavy in places, and it *does* sound as though they're using 1983-1984 era digital equipment (although fortunately the ghastly synth brass that was evident in so many songs back then doesn't appear).
Yes, there's evidence of Detroit and acid house in some of the tracks, but if this means less of that cheesy Hammond sound they seem to like, I'm all in favor of it. The strategic use of electric guitar in tracks like "True Mathematics" and "Fire" is also surprisingly effective.
However, there are also strong hints of both pre- and post-Vince Clarke Depeche Mode in places (try the intro to "Cracked LCD"), while "Re:Agents" finds them channeling certain aspects of early OMD, so it's not as if the synthpop aspect of the band's sound has been abandoned. Like their earlier material, it's a blend of the old and the new, it's just that the ingredients have shifted around a bit.
Negative aspects? While the average song quality is higher, and there's almost no filler (almost - "Nuhorizons" is a rehash of "Holiday 601"), there's nothing that screams "single" here. For some, that'll be disappointing, but I'll personally take a dozen above average tracks over a couple of killer tracks and a bunch of filler.
Favorite songs? Difficult to say, really, there's a lot of good material here, and I'm finding myself listening to the album right through rather than skipping around. Almost everything hits the spot for me at some point or other. "True Mathematics", "Cracked LCD" and "Re:Agents", if I absolutely had to choose.
In short, I like it. Others don't. Tastes differ, I guess.
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