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Bitter Rivals

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New York duo Sleigh Bells release their third album, Bitter Rivals, which continues to expand their unique, distorted noise pop sound. Produced by guitarist Derek Miller and mixed by Andrew Dawson Kanye West, Rick Ross, the record features music that was used in the video trailer for sophomore release Reign of Terror. The first single from the album was the title track, and the duo directed the video, which was made in conjunction with the Creators Project -- founded by popular website Vice and computing giant Intel.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Over the course of the three albums Sleigh Bells cranked out between 2010 and 2013, the pop and noise ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
New York duo Sleigh Bells release their third album, Bitter Rivals, which continues to expand their unique, distorted noise pop sound. Produced by guitarist Derek Miller and mixed by Andrew Dawson Kanye West, Rick Ross, the record features music that was used in the video trailer for sophomore release Reign of Terror. The first single from the album was the title track, and the duo directed the video, which was made in conjunction with the Creators Project -- founded by popular website Vice and computing giant Intel.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Over the course of the three albums Sleigh Bells cranked out between 2010 and 2013, the pop and noise elements in their music didn't always play nicely together; 2012's Reign of Terror had almost as many frustrating moments as inspired ones. Album titles like that one and Bitter Rivals hint at the inherent tension in the duo's sound, but Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss take a more holistic approach to blending and balancing with these songs. For such a flamboyantly loud band, the tweaks they make are surprisingly subtle: Bitter Rivals' mix of Sunset Strip riffs, teeny bopper vocals, and crashing beats isn't as punishingly dense as it was on Reign of Terror, and its heavy and sweet sides work together instead of competing for attention. Songs like "Sugarcane" and "Young Legends" allow the melodies -- and Krauss' voice in particular -- to take center stage and act as the glue for louder and wilder parts. Meanwhile, "Love Sick"'s slow, dreamy chorus evokes Treats' prettier moments, and the sweet love song "To Hell with You" shows that Sleigh Bells still have the ability to surprise. Of course, the duo still crosses the fine line between bold and bratty as hard and as often as their sound goes into the red: "Minnie"'s acidly sweet chorus "Go count your pennies/I'm sorry to say you don't have any" sounds like a catty nursery rhyme and stings like a mean girl's burn book. Bitter Rivals was written and recorded quickly, and sometimes feels a little underdone -- there isn't much to the title track except its admittedly catchy refrain, for example. Still, the album's shorter, lighter approach suits Krauss and Miller, and its best moments allow them to find more levels of expression in a sound that could easily wear out its welcome. Sleigh Bells' studies in contrasts aren't shocking anymore, but the fact that they sound more natural on Bitter Rivals makes this some of their most enjoyable music since Treats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Mom & Pop Music
  • UPC: 858275011821
  • Catalog Number: 118
  • Sales rank: 45,600

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bitter Rivals (3:19)
  2. 2 Sugarcane (2:47)
  3. 3 Minnie (3:01)
  4. 4 Sing Like a Wire (2:35)
  5. 5 Young Legends (2:50)
  6. 6 Tiger Kit (2:55)
  7. 7 You Don't Get Me Twice (2:42)
  8. 8 To Hell with You (3:09)
  9. 9 24 (2:58)
  10. 10 Love Sick (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sleigh Bells Primary Artist
Alexis Krauss Vocals
Jason Boyer Guitar
Technical Credits
Nick Cave Booking
Kevin Osborne Whistle
Andrew Dawson Additional Production
Chris Athens Mastering
Jon Wilkinson Publicity
Shane Stoneback Engineer, Additional Production
Will Hubbard Executive Producer, Management
Bill Fold Management
Derek Miller Composer, Producer, Art Direction, Instrumentation
Jen Appel Publicity
Krauss Composer
Sam Kirby Booking
Steve Attardo Layout
Doug Singer Booking
Adele Slater Booking
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