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Album Review

With each album, Ladytron take their sound in distinctly different directions, but the aloof, glamorous, slightly sinister and more than a little bittersweet heart of their music remains the same. The changes from 604's sweet synth pop to Light & Magic's dark electro-pop to Witching Hour's epic shoegaze didn't sound like dabbling, precisely because the band has such a strong grip on exactly what they want to express with their music. Ladytron haven't lost that grip on Velocifero; in fact, they may be holding on to it a little too strongly here. Massive and sparkling, as dark and glossy as black patent leather, the album is so sleek, so quintessentially Ladytron, that it almost feels like the band has their sound literally down to a science, fusing Light & Magic's hard-edged dance and Witching Hour's Wall of Sound into songs like "The Lovers," "Deep Blue," and "They Gave You a Name."

Velocifero does have some inspired moments, particularly at the beginning. "Ghosts" is sweetly ominous, riding a stomping shuffle beat and a careening guitar solo as Helena Marnie puts a fine point on her regrets ("There's a ghost in me/who wants to say I'm sorry/Doesn't mean I'm sorry"). "Runaway"'s punchy, cavernous sound recalls the heyday of industrial dance, which may not be such a surprise, considering that former Nine Inch Nails contributor Alessandro Cortini (also of Modwheelmood) worked on Velocifero, along with Ed Banger's Vicarious Bliss. As always, Mira Aroya acts as the acerbic yang to Marnie's ethereal yin, and she's in fine form here, particularly on "Black Cat," which opens Velocifero with a darkly hypnotic groove and a canyon-deep bassline, and on the quirky "Kletva," a cover of a song from a Bulgarian children's movie that brings back some of the playfulness Ladytron largely abandoned after 604. However, as Velocifero unfolds, the songs aren't quite as memorable as they've been on previous albums, and a few ("Burning Up," "Tomorrow") are downright dull and repetitive. The taut, tribal "Predict the Day" and "Versus," a symphonic synth pop duet, close the album on a strong note, and there are more than enough bright spots for fans to enjoy, Overall, though, Velocifero isn't as dramatic a step forward as Ladytron's other albums.

Customer Reviews


Anyone else just come here to get 'Ghosts' because they found it on LBP2? That's what I did :D

From start to finish, an amazing album!

I was first introduced to Ladytron via Velocifero, and loved the album so much I now have practically their whole discography. Velocifero starts off by grabbing you by the scruff of your neck and never letting go. Standout tracks include the irresistible "Ghosts" and "Burning Up," whith its stunningly beautiful vocals. Velocifero is a bit of a continuation of the more guitar driven tracks of Witching Hour, but the sound continues to be unmistakably Ladytron. This album is also a bit more homogeneous than Ladytron's previous works, (for better or for worse) but it is hard to complain when every track is a winner. "Versus" ends the album on a sad note, but it loops well back into the beginning if you are like me and tend to listen to albums cycle. Every song on Velocifero is a gem. If this is your first Ladytron album, I highly recommend checking out their other work as it is all wonderful! I can not wait to see what Ladytron does next... though perhaps I am being greedy as they have already given me so much!

Release Date

Hey Itunes, I bought this album (legally) last year on a military base. Maybe this release date of September 2010 is when iTunes got it. Great album though, especially Ghosts!


Formed: 1999 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Mixing synth pop, shoegaze, and indie pop into a sound all their own, Ladytron formed in mid-1999. Keyboardists/programmers Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu settled in Liverpool after a spate of traveling and DJ work in Japan. They began work on their first single, "He Took Her to a Movie," which was recorded for 50 pounds. With vocals by guest Lisa Eriksson, the release brought a wave of critical acclaim, which the band took advantage of with a tour throughout the continent before beginning work on their...
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