Sleigh Bells exploded onto the scene with their debut album, Treats, in 2010. The album was well received and was chosen as one of the albums of the year by many reviewers. Bitter Rivals is now the duo’s third album. In previous albums, Miller had handled the music, production and lyrics, here Krauss has created most of the melodies. The record certainly is more melodic, and allows Krauss to show more of her range. This at times works really well, but at other times these songs sound painfully close to girl band material, which I suppose shouldn’t be a surprise, as Krauss’ began her career in a girl band. There is still plenty of loud, well very loud guitar, and synth, but it is defintely more radio friendly then their previous offerings, though this is not always a good thing.
Sounds like: M.I.A, Santigold, Cults
Stand out track: Sing Like a Wire