Ladytron
"Velocifero"

(Nettwerk Records 2008)Ladytron - Velocifero

Forget predictions of war torn landscapes, space suits and hovering personal transportation. For Liverpool's Ladytron, the future is now. On "Velocifero," the band's fourth full-length studio album, rough but solid beats pound and Mira Aroyo's edgy monotone vocal delivery while warring with the soft side, Helen Marnie's sweet voice offers a cool contrast. With the help of notable producers like Vicarious Bliss and Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails), Ladytron show that futuristic does not have to imagine 50 years down the road in some desolate world.

Ladytron offer unexpected treats with "Black Cat" and "Kletva," where Aroyo delivers Bulgarian lyrics in a steady but mesmerizing robotic monotone over swirling synthesizer melodies. The band shows off a harder sound, especially on "Black Cat," that dares you to cross Aroyo. Marnie, meanwhile, takes control with her smooth and sweet vocals, flying over the pounding beats of "Predict The Day" and the heavily thumping bass on tracks like "Runaway" and "Ghosts" while still giving it a light, sugary coating. The duo's vocals join on "They Gave You A Heart, They Gave You A Name," with Aroyo backing Marnie up.

Since their inception in 2001, Ladytron have quickly garnered attention and praise from critics and fans alike, due in large part to their relentless touring worldwide. Ladytron confidently show off why they are so hotly tipped on "Velocifero" as they manage to deliver solid songs that still sound unique and original. On "Velocifero," Ladytron layer lush electronics and instrumentation that jumps out at you with its depth and tone.

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