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Gravity The Seducer

Gravity The Seducer

September 4, 2011
4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Ladytron release album number 5 "Gravity The Seducer" which is the follow up to 2008's excellent "Velocifero" and comes after a spell of hanging out with legendary producer Brian Eno(who thinks they are brilliant!), who was once a member of Roxy Music who are the band that Ladytron got their name from as they have a song called "Ladytron". His influence can be heard on the album that sees them add new scope to their sound. It's an album that sees them experiment with different styles than ever before.

This is evident on the smooth opener "White Elephant" the song features a haunting sounding keyboard sound in the background. Ladytron listeners will already be familiar with "Ace Of Hz" as it was already included on carear retrospective "Best of 00-10". The Brian Eno influence is really heard on the 3 instrumental tracks on the album the pick of which is "Transparent Days", "Ritual" would probably have worked better with vocals from either Helen Marnie or Mira Aroyo. the third instrumental track is album closer "Aces High".

If any movie director is looking for a good horror style track then they should take a listen to the chilling and haunting "Moon Palace" which really is helped by Mira Aroyo's cold style of vocal. The song "White Gold" is also haunting sounding in a weird eighties sounding way. "Ninety Degrees" is a track that well get repeated listens with both vocalists on fine form. The album recalls elements and influence from Kraftwrek, Gary Numan, Curve, Brian Eno and The Human League but still having an original feel.

With "Gravity The Seducer" Ladytron may have released their most experimental album to date and longtime fans might be disappointed that the big beats have been replaced by a more mellower sound but it's an album that on repeated listens will show that Ladytron have plenty left to offer and will continue to evolve.
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Gravity the Seducer is Ladytron's best effort to date with a mix of songs that push musically beyond anything that they've put out before. Favorites of mine include 90 Degrees, Mirage, Ace of Hz and White Elephant. Only reason I don't give 5 stars is that there is some filler material but all in all, a very strong effort!
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This is an excellent album. Their best yet as this band continues to bend, anneal and separate themselves from anyone else. Hypnotic, electro pop, I suppose, but with an edge only provided by this band, especially on their last two studio efforts. My favorite tracks are Melting Ice, Ambulances, well all of the ones that have singers.

There lies the only quibble I have is with the instrumentals. They sound a bit like intermissions between the good songs. I just like it when they write complete pieces with the haunting vocals, mesmerizing electronics, and mood evoking beats.

Still, this band keeps getting better and better, to me.
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I love this album!!!! It immediatley starts off with this weird and superbly angelic track "white elephant" that makes you feel like your watching an epic cult film about the fallen lucifer and the human obsession with beauty and things of the darkness....ooohh. Yeah, I know, there is no such movie but still....and the whole album kinda has that same weirdness. If ever they should make that movie, they should consider 'Gravity The Seducer' as the soundtrack. Wow! What a great band. This album should appeal to fans of bands like M83, CLAIRE VOYANT, THE NAKED AND THE FAMOUS, CRYSTAL CASTLES, DELERIUM and IAMX.
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By Lee Goettl on September 14, 2011
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Caught this band after listening to a few Witching Hour tracks...got addicted. Learned that Trent Reznor had them open for him too. I'm now officially addicted. This particular album steps off the gas pedal a bit, gives the music the priority, and puts a bit more warmth into it as well. Definitely hearing the Eno influence, and it sounds like this band is stepping into a bit different territory. Not TOO different...I'd say it's like when Radiohead went from Hail to the Thief to In Rainbows. Warmer, but still had the sound and feel that made them who they are.
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I have been in love with Ladytron ever since I picked up Witching Hour at my local half price books. Witching Hour was brilliant and I could not get enough of it. So then, I went searching for their other stuff at my local record stores and I got a hold of a copy of Velocifero. Velocifero was another brilliantly crafted CD. It was even better than Witching Hour in some aspects. SO then, I got 604 and Light & Magic. Both of those albums were also great. They are clearly less developed than their later albums but they show the potential that Ladytron had from the beginning. Needless to say, when I heard of Gravity the Seducer, I was excited. I pre-ordered it right away and anxiously awaited its arrival. I was not disappointed. It is a great album. It is clearly following the path that Velocifero started. However, there are too many instrumentals on Gravity. I love Helen Marnie's voice, I want to hear it. I do not like the fact that Gravity only has three instrumentals out of a total of only twelve songs. I wish that there were either less instrumentals or more total tracks. The songs that are present are great but they are lacking something that Witching Hour and Velocifero had. I, however, still highly recommend this album for anyone that enjoys Ladytron's music.
I would also like to recommend some bands that Ladytron fans might like:
Apoptygma Berzerk (Ladytron even remixes one of their tracks)
Freezepop
Thermostatic
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