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Witching Hour

LadytronAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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LADYTRON earned a decade’s worth of acclaim by relentlessly pushing boundaries, carving out new sonic and conceptual space and refusing to abide any formula or trend.

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  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B004DK49RI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. High Rise
2. Destroy Everything You Touch
3. International Dateline
4. Soft Power
5. Cmyk
6. Amtv
7. Sugar
8. Fighting In Built Up Areas
9. The Last One Standing
10. Weekend
11. Beauty 2
12. White Light Generator
13. All The Way...

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LADYTRON--Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu--formed in 1999. Witching Hour was produced by Jim Abbiss (DJ Shadow, Placebo, Kasabian) and released in 2005. An infectious synth-pop record raging with unbridled energy, it featured the intoxicating single "Destroy Everything You Touch." The band has a large cult following worldwide, and have toured extensively. Recently they worked with singer Christina Aguilera on her album Bionic to write the songs "Birds of Prey" and "Little Dreamer".

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's Mira? October 5, 2005
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This album is in some ways a step up for Ladytron and in some ways a step down, depending upon how one chooses to look at it. On the positive side, "Witching Hour" is warmer and more mysterious than anything they have previously done. The soundscapes are incredibly lush and sweeping while also dense and fuzzy. This makes for a very interesting listening experience and Helen Marnie's vocals are better than ever. She sounds almost surreal, particularly on "International Dateline" and "Beauty*2". In a word, WOW. On the negative side, Mira Aroyo is featured on only two tracks and her presence is not nearly as prominent on this album as it was on previous albums. I have always thought that the interplay between her thick, Bulgarian vocals and Marnie's sweeter, more melodic vocals really gave Ladytron an edge. While Marnie has the voice to carry the album herself, she sounds better when complemented by Aroyo and similarly, Aroyo sounds better when backed by Marnie. Aroyo has always been less vocally prominent than Marnie and on this album she is almost non-existent. One fears that she will disappear into the background as Marnie takes over as the frontwoman of the band. My only other complaint is that I can't quite figure out the hidden track. This album contains a "hidden" 14th track, yet it is nothing but nine minutes of silence. Perhaps this is supposed to be symbolic? Who knows? "Witching Hour" is otherwise a very strong effort and an album that rewards repeated listening. It is definitely on my top ten list of albums released in 2005.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Icy cool, 21st century pop December 6, 2005
By cagey
Format:Audio CD
This is my first purchase of a Ladytron album, actually my first purchase of anything of theirs, since I've only been a very casual fan since their beginning. I've really only heard their singles "He Took Her To The Movies" and "Seventeen". There is much more material on "Witching Hour" that grabs you at first listen, though. The songs may have more melody, for the most part. So it's not surprising that fans of their earlier work may feel jilted by their new pop accessibility (although I felt the early singles were accessible as well) or the disappearance of any existing eccentricities.

The single "Destroy Everything You Touch" has a driving dance beat reminiscent of the 80's hits of Depeche Mode or New Order. I couldn't stop playing this after I downloaded it from iTunes. Then you notice the other songs and practically everything has something to offer. There are no tracks that I skip (not counting the final silent track). Songs like "Sugar" and "Weekend" are the kind I love playing LOUD speeding down a dark highway. "Beauty*2" has a fragile, haunting quality to it and I wish it didn't end so soon. "International Dateline" is another that stays in my head days after I hear it. The whole album is well produced and SOUNDS great.

I would place this as probably my favorite album of 2005 after Thievery Corporation's "The Cosmic Game". I have no reason not check out Ladytron's earlier releases after hearing this stunning album. **** 1/2 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Right... Warm, Dense & Electric... January 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The atmosphere of this record is electric and dark at the same time, beautiful at times and noisy and disturbing at others, like all the best records should be. "Witching Hour" is an album that reaches further than its predecessors: warm and dense, there is a feeling of susceptible magic wrapped within all tracks.

Witching Hour achieves a certain timelessness. Sure, these songs betray the inspiration of three decades of electronic pop, but none of them touch long enough to leave a fingerprint. Instead, Ladytron's warm songs sound new, retro and familiar without ever letting on that they've ever listened to synth-pop before.

The artful blend of darkness and warmth ultimately proves to be the record's best asset; it's a delicate balance, but Ladytron gets it just right.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WITCHING HOUR is LADYTRON's finest to date October 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been following LADYTRON since I saw the video for "Playgirl" in early 2001. Upon buying 604, I knew that the band was destined for big things with the synth-based '80s sounds that at once mimicked and simultaneously outshined anything ever done by the likes of Depeche Mode, the Human League or Visage. As a collection of early tracks, 604 sparked a musical movement of '80s-inspired electro-rock that we are still experiencing a la The Killers, Interpol, The Bravery and others. By Fall 2002, we were treated to Light & Magic, a more polished collection of LADYTRON songs that not only avoided the 'sophomore slump' but managed to impress critics worldwide, ending up on Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of the year. And, honestly, who could resist the cross-over synthetic appeal of tracks like club hit "Seventeen," the '60s pop inspired "Blue Jeans," electro-dance favorite "Evil," and the lush title track?

Fast forward to Witching Hour (2005). After switching labels in 2004, the band set out to make a record that incorporated a broader range of influences. If the first two records took cues from Kraftwerk, then Witching Hour takes its leads from the likes of The Kinks and My Bloody Valentine ("Sugar"), New Order ("Destroy Everything You Touch"), Lush ("WhiteLightGenerator"), and the Cocteau Twins ("All The Way"). Don't get me wrong: This album is NOT about LADYTRON trying to do its best to rip off anyone else. They take these influences and make them distinctly their own; each track is quintessential LADYTRON. It's a well produced concept album that takes you on a dark journey from start to finish. Witching Hour is successful in that it displays the breadth of the band's talents, now incorporating guitars and a rougher, edgier sound (think feedback and fuzzy electronic overlays).
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2.0 out of 5 stars So boring.
I had high hopes for this band. Boring as can be. So predictable and bland. Thumb not up or down, just blaaaaaaaa.
Published 6 days ago by Richard Jacques
3.0 out of 5 stars Theme Tune for my early 20's
This is a pretty ok Cd but quite a bit of it just comes off as noise to me.
I'd say the best tracks are:
01 - High Rise
02 - Destroy Everything You Touch
03 -... Read more
Published 20 days ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good album, sounds like the band Longwave
For a reference of what this album sounds like, it sounds exactly like the band Longwave, but with female vocals, and without the christian rock elements. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SnowDog3000
4.0 out of 5 stars solid album
pretty solid album. looks of good tracks here, though they aren't all hits. perhaps a few more plays through will do the trick.
Published 11 months ago by Grelnok
5.0 out of 5 stars Witching Love
Great album got it also in digital and audio cd . Witching hour baby love the album including the remixes included .
Published 11 months ago by foreverlovekylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Ladytron
I can't really say much, I love this group! Modern Electronic New Wave. Glad they decided to release this on vinyl.
Published 19 months ago by Damian J. Spooner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
its a realy great disc y very glad whit this i love ladytron is a special music for me .
Published 20 months ago by Leopoldo
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this album
Great album that I really pondered buying, I was pushed over the edge by the hot red vinyl and once I listened about twice, love it!
Published 21 months ago by Keith Brouca
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album by an amazing band
Witching Hour has been my favorite Ladytron album for some time, and it is not to say that any Ladytron album is less than great, but Witching Hour on red's nice.
Published on March 11, 2012 by eskaton
5.0 out of 5 stars The January 18, 2011 Nettwerk Records version DOES include the four...
Just in case anyone was wondering, the January 18, 2011 Nettwerk Records version does, in fact, include the four bonus tracks:

14. Sugar (Archigram Remix)
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