Ladytron, 'Velocifero' (Nettwerk)

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Velocifero
Critical Mass
Label: Nettwerk

by Mikael Wood

The two boys and two girls in this synth-rock quartet titled their 2002 disc Light & Magic, yet Ladytron's latest has more to do with darkness and doom: "There's a ghost in me," Helen Marnie moans over glam-goth guitars on "Ghosts." Velocifero's grinding soundscapes (honed in part by Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails) are easy to admire: "I'm Not Scared" throbs like the Stooges' awesomely deranged cover of Madonna's "Ray of Light." Too bad there's rarely much of anything going on below the surface.

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