- Audio CD (13 September 2011)
- Language: English, English
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Nettwerk Records
- ASIN: B005152C6O
- Other Editions: Vinyl
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Gravity The Seducer Import
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Ladytron's 5th studio album, Gravity The Seducer, is the follow up to 2008's Velocifero. After the 3/29/11 release of Best Of Ladytron: 00-10, the new studio album is another chapter after a decade's worth of evocative, instinctive yet deliberate electronic pop music. Gravity the Seducer is more of a jump than the last album - more ethereal & melodic, a touch more abstract in places - baroque 'n' roll. Ladytron recorded the album in Kent's countryside, with co-producer Barny Barnicott (Artic Monkeys, Kasabian, Editors) at the helm.
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Taken separately, there isn't a single track that isn't astounding. The songs White Elephant, Mirage, Ambulances, Transparent Days, and 90 Degrees are some of my favorite Ladytron tracks of all time. They are each haunting and mildly whimsical (okay, White Elephant is extremely whimsical), with softer synths and more restrained percussion than Velocifero but with an approach that is more lighthearted and less stark than Witching Hour.
The songs White Gold and Altitude Blues, while fantastic on their own, are discordant with the other songs on the album. They are slow, stark, and sparse--a sort of blend between 80s electronica and late-90s ambient music. Brian Eno's influence is apparent here.
Similarly, Ace of Hz/Aces High, Ritual, Moon Palace, and Melting Ice compose another group that is incongruous to the whole. They are more pop-oriented with straight-forward (some would say uninspired) beats, rich layering, and delicate textures around the edges.
Overall, it seems there are three distinct styles clashing here. The songs are mixed rather than blended. Unlike typical albums, the songs are not cohesive and do not work with each other to form an album-wide arc. It is a mix tape of great but unrelated songs. It is the only Ladytron album that I don't play all the way through. Rather, I put the songs on various playlists--which, really, is a testament to the quality of each song since none were wasted or ignored.
I unreservedly recommend purchasing this album just to get your mitts on ALL the songs here. Whether you leave it intact or divvy it up onto playlists is a matter of taste, but don't let a 3-star album dissuade you from owning twelve 5-star songs.
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.
I would also like to recommend some bands that Ladytron fans might like:
Apoptygma Berzerk (Ladytron even remixes one of their tracks)
Same voices, similar instrumentation and... unfortunately lamer instrumental tracks, but everything else turned a corner into a more adventurous musical land. Now they have my full attention again.
Ladytron: Do yourselves a favor and lose the instrument-only stuff. Helen and Mira's voices are the key to making dark music beautiful.
More songs are of a dark nature, but the arrangements, structure and creativity are in another league compared to previous albums. The only real problem is the mixing/production where one battles to make out the lyrics in several tracks.
I'm glad the artist in these musicians has woken afresh.