Ladytron, 'Gravity the Seducer' (Nettwerk)

Gravity the Seducer
Critical Mass
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Label: Nettwerk

by Barry Walters

On their claustrophobic fifth album, this coed Liver-pool synth-pop quartet build on their creepiest former glories while withholding the hooks that previously put the sweet in their bitter. Despite layer upon layer of lacy plastic instrumentation and manipulated vocals, Gravity the Seducer lacks the infectious, dark-disco rumble of 2005 U.K. hit "Destroy Everything You Touch." The resolutely midtempo album peaks with the ghostly "Ace of Hz" (recycled from a ?recent greatest-hits record), which polishes chillwave's hazy psychedelia into glossy yet dense ice sculptures. Frostbite guaranteed.

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