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on 14 June 2008
After 'Witching Hour', I had great hopes for the new album. The one which would drag the band out of their cult status and get the commercial credit they have long been overdue. However, due to the bands continued drive towards a more harder 'U.S' sound and leaning ever more towards a 'live' sounding album, they have drove themselves into a cul-de-sac with 'Velocifero'.
The one big problem with this album is the overall sound. It is a dire. The band have produced themselves before [well, Daniel Hunt] so they should be more than competent. It seems that the mix is the problem - it is dull, flat, lifeless. I've got a good system and it still sounds poor. Or the initial production was so bad, that the mix was [as known in the trade] as a 'salvage job'. I can't believe all the members of the band are happy with this. It might sound great in a club, but on a normal system it sounds lifeless.
This is such a shame as the songs are good and deserve better treatment. But Ladytron have started to border on self parody and hanging about with Nine Inch Nails and generally spending too much time in the US is clouding, rather the opening their ears. I didn't want a repeat of 'Witching Hour' - I was hoping for something even better, but it is not to be - for now. A missed opportunity for a very talented band.
Can anyone give them Martin Rushent's phone number? That would be epic!