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Various Artists Ladytron's Softcore Jukebox

A veritable user's guide to good taste, the new compilation from UK band Ladytron will bring good cheer to novice listeners and students of the Vidal Sassoon Academy alike. But what's more interesting about Softcore Jukebox is the unveiling of Ladytron's many influences-and what they've learned (and borrowed) from them. Happily, they don't attempt to hide their copycatting: the Roxy Music-usurped cover art is, after all, a winking confessional. So with the release of what is more accurately a personal mixtape, Ladytron perhaps reposition themselves not as musicians but rather aestheticians. Vexing indeed, but since when has making things pretty been a crime?

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