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Ladytron Witching Hour

Ladytron keeps the effects-laden vocals they‘re known for, but their blankly cool sound takes on a (slightly) greater range. Opener "High Rise," for instance, grinds with reverb-filled rock. "Destroy Everything You Touch," with the synthetic catchiness that made "Seventeen" such a hit, drives even harder. Not everything works: breakup track "International Dateline" should be far more brutal, but instead feels, well, a lot like everything else. "Amtv" tries to be Devo, but there‘s only room for one Devo. Even with its industrial tilt, this album has plenty of ear candy-it‘s pleasant, if not quite tasty.

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