ALBUM LABELS, INVICTA HI-FI RELEASE:
FEBRUARY, 2001 REVIEW: APRIL 24, 2001
nowhere to super hyped. Ladytron
is the band of the day. I though, may be one of the few who actually
consider "604" a minor letdown. Only a few tracks can
measure up to the utter genius and retro-futuristic spacepop of "Playgirl".
"Discotraxx" is one of those. "Ladybird" another.
Some of the other material tends to sound almost too smart, though never,
at any point, uninteresting.
This is highly exciting, innovative, yet
retro flavoured stuff packed in a somewhat too big box. Too many tracks
that could have been left out and they lower the overall impression of the
album. Interesting, however, to hear new music using ideas from eighties
synthpop and combining this with a unique female voice, that of Bulgarian
Mira Aroyo. That the rest of the band is British can be heard from time
to time, in some of the house/electronica influenced instrumentals. The
single track "He Took Her to a Movie" loans heavily from Kraftwerk's
"The Model", but also stands firmly on its own due to impressive
innovation. A typical "604" song.
Ladytron is one of the bands that will further develop the electronic
pop genre and their breakthrough into "regular" charts is most
welcome. It may boost the interest for this type of sound. "604"
is fresh and retrospective at the same time and I genuinely expect them
to conquer the world.