Sleigh Bells - Treats (CD)

Sleigh Bells

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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Alternative
Number of Items
Country of Origin
Mom & Pop Muisc Co/Red

Rolling Stone (p.74) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] noise that's friendly and cute, primitivism that masks pop smarts and respect for tradition, from New Wave to Sixties rock."
Spin - "Monumentally caustic but hypothetically a dance band, Sleigh Bells sculpt infectious double-dutch funk..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "[With] primitive guitar fuzz, pastiche beats, [and] sugar-buzz vocals..." -- Grade: A-
Alternative Press - "At the vocal helm is Alexis Krauss, who employs a fierceness close to Veruca Salt's Nina Gordon on the stripped-down punk stomp 'Infinity Guitars.'"
Alternative Press (p.100) - Ranked #2 in Alternative Press's "10 Essential Albums of 2010" -- "[O]verflowing with distorted dance beats, sparse but brutal guitar riffs and Krauss' minimalist vocals..."
Billboard (p.28) - "[T]he track 'Rill Rill' leaves room to breathe -- Krauss' voice is unusually sweet over easygoing guitar and slow-jam snaps."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "As eclectic pop visions go, Sleigh Bells' one is pretty impressive....A thrilling ride."
Pitchfork (Website) - "They gather up bits from all over and use them to create music that puts you squarely in the present moment....The music hits so hard, and in such a satisfying way, and it seems designed to bring you back to the totality of the sound."
Clash (magazine) - "Sleigh Bells' sound is jaw-droppingly fresh..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.34) - Ranked #46 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "Their debut planted saccharine buzzpop melodies behind a wall of noise..."

  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Tell 'em
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Kids
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Riot Rhythm
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Infinity Guitars
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Run The Heart
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rachel
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Rill Rill
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Crown On The Ground
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Straight A's
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] A/B Machines
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Treats
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Tell 'Em
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Kids
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Riot Rhythm
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Infinity Guitars
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Run The Heart
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rachel
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Rill Rill
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Crown On The Ground
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Straight A's
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] A/B Machines
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Treats
Pop / Rock
Release Date
21 June 2010
32m 0s
South Africa

Recording information: Treefort Recordings.
One of 2010's most attention-getting debuts, Sleigh Bells' Treats comes on strong. Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss craft a sound that's all climax, that sounds like cheap stereos turned up to 11 and boom cars that might actually explode. Nearly all the parts of all the songs on Treats are saturated with distortion that makes them feel even louder than they actually are (which is pretty loud to begin with). Yet their approach is far from lo-fi, and it's worlds apart from the kind of noise pop that looks back to the halcyon days of four-track recording in the '90s. Instead, Sleigh Bells claim whatever sounds loud and shiny for their own: their beats can come from electro, rap, or a drumline; Miller's guitars often sound like they were stolen from stadium rock; and cheaply sampled sounds that could have come from toy instruments pop up more often than not. On top of all these blaring and blurring sounds is Krauss' unaffected, ultra-girly voice, which acts as the frosting on Treats, sweetening it and holding it all together. It's an approach that's as powerful as it is unlikely -- her voice could be too saccharine in another setting, and the music could be contrived and too abrasive without her presence. Sleigh Bells have got their formula down and they stick to it throughout Treats, to often stunning effect. Nearly every track here sounds like an event. "Riot Rhythm" is stark and driven by a drumline rhythm; "Crown on the Ground" sounds like a cheerleader chant backed by a sound system; and "A/B Machines," with its surfy guitars and siren-like synth drills, could be a Chemical Brothers song covered by No Age and what nu-rave should have sounded like. The fondness and flair Sleigh Bells show for recontextualizing and reconfiguring on songs like this and "Straight A's," which throws some metal guitar into the mix, make it easy to hear why M.I.A. signed the band to her label (and "Rill Rill," which samples Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That," echoes her own surprise hit "Paper Planes"). On quieter songs like "Rachel" and the soulful "Run the Heart," Miller and Krauss switch up their approach a bit, allowing her vocals to be the focus of the songs rather than a decoration. Given that Sleigh Bells' sound is so big -- and undeniably exciting -- songwriting falls lower on the band's list of priorities than taking all the dramatic moments from everyone's favorite songs and turning them into songs in their own right. That doesn't stop Treats from having a boldness, immediacy, and sense of fun that's missing from too much other music. ~ Heather Phares

Date Released
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Sleigh Bells
Derek Miller
  1. Sleigh Bells
Relativity (Label)
Shane P. Stoneback
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