Under Review: Sleigh Bells, ‘Bitter Rivals’


Sleigh Bells, “Bitter Rivals”
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Rating: ★★★ (out of four)

Sleigh Bells’ main talent lies in ripping into hard jams that are gonna get you moving whether it’s ont he dance floor, cleaning your house or through that batch of e-mails you’ve been ignoring all week.

“Tell ‘Em” from 2010′s “Treats” is still one of my favorite side ones, track ones of all time, and lead-off track “Bitter Rivals” on the album of the same name lives up.

I guess the thing to say about “Bitter Rivals” is that it doesn’t exactly break new ground. Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller keep the party with hard-driving “Young Legends,” the slow groove of “To Hell With You,” the bombastic “You Don’t Get Me Twice,” and the celebratory “24,” but that’s what they’ve been doing for three years. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t require anything crazy, new or different from Sleigh Bells, but don’t expect a lot of innovation here.

“Tiger Kit” with its rough guitar lines – like a cheap guitar plugged into a ratty old amp – and Krauss’ line about how “life is like a Hollywood sequel” make it the best track on the album. Listen to it loud. Listen to it proud.



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