Review: Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror

Sleigh Bells
Reign of Terror

When Sleigh Bells’ debut came out in 2010, you would have thought they were to be the saviors of rock’n’roll. What we got was noise pop with in-your-face beats and the vocals of a goth cheerleader angel. It was a raw and masterful debut. Unfortunately, the band hit some doldrums for the sophomore effort. Many songs here are missing the magic that made Treats so — well, delicious. Here we get songs that meander through the pop/rock/metal landscape without ever stopping at something memorable lookout point. However, there are a couple of inspiration moments. The twisted, slow-born R&B of “You Lost Me” is interesting and the noise of “Born To Lose” is strangely catchy and disconcerting at the same time. The reason to come here also happens to be the best Sleigh Bells song in their short career. “Comeback Kid” is an amazing piece of noise that is both attack and caress with Alexis crushing and supporting her guy who gives up too easily, yet she still loves him. When she hits “You’ll go away/But you’ll come back some day,” the melody and her delivery are far more beautiful than ever expected from noise pop. It’s one of the best songs of the year.

“Comeback Kid”

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