Witching Hour CD (2005)

Artist: Ladytron

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Product Overview


Label Rykodisc
SKU 64012367
UPC 014431082825
UPC 14 00014431082825
Format CD
Release Date 9/27/2005
Author Ladytron
Compilation Appearance Silent Alarm (Explicit Version)
Artist Influence 808 State
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Technical Info
Producer Jim Abbiss; Ladytron; Jim Abbiss; Ladytron
CatalogID 10828
Lable Name Ryko Distribution
Released 10/04/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00014431082825
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Elevator, Liverpool; Sahara Sound, London, England.
Photographers: Dean Chalkley; Mira Aroyo.
Indie electro-pop outfit Ladytron turned in their most accomplished and realized effort with 2005's WITCHING HOUR. The heavy influence of early-'80s synth-pop is still prevalent here, though less so than on previous releases. Instead, WITCHING HOUR incorporates the aesthetics of New Order and Depeche Mode into a sound that also features elements of shoegaze and dream pop, making for an alluring, atmospheric vibe.
Ladytron's music is moody, with goth overtones, a feeling perfectly suited to their chilly synth-scapes and eerie melodies. Yet the group leavens these qualities with sharp songwriting, casting out hooky refrains that float on the voices of singers Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo. All told, Ladytron mix classic elements of '90s indie rock with an updated, postmodern approach, making for dark, sophisticated contemporary pop.
Artist Overview
Liverpool, England's Ladytron have risen above retro-fetishism to become one of the more successful acts of the new millennium to embrace vintage synth-and techno-pop stylings. Formed in the late 1990s, the two-men/two-women band was perfectly on time for the dance-punk/electro-clash craze of the early '00s. However, while many bands from that scene vanished along with the trend, Ladytron continued to expand and develop its sound, looking to art rock and experimental music in addition to classic synth-based pop and techno.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (No. 843, p.76) - "...[B]ristling guitars that anchor the most pneumatic of beats--and supremely catchy songs that pulse with life." - Grade: B
Uncut (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]hey've hit upon a stunning marriage of shoegaze swoon and electro hauteur, oddly reminiscent of early-'90s misfits Curve."
Magnet (p.102) - "'Beauty*2' understands old-school electro's darkness so much that it can confidently twist it with a lullaby melody."
Disc 1
1 High Rise
2 Destroy Everything You Touch
3 International Dateline
4 Soft Power
7 Sugar
8 Fighting In Built Up Areas
9 Last One Standing, The
10 Weekend
11 Beauty*2
12 WhiteLightGenerator
13 All the Way... - (Club mix)
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