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Sleigh Bells


Debut album of noise pop from the hotly-tipped New York duo

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  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Bigger, bolder and brasher than most of the indie records slouching this way of late, Treats is a joyous rage against the machine
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  2. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Mixes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’s coolness with Santigold’s hip-hop/pop danceability
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  3. 10.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A giddy delight
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  4. 9.5 |   FasterLouder

    Sleigh Bells are right here, right now, and every song sounds like an invitation to the coolest, loosest party in town. Some things don’t last, but that makes their moment all the more precious
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  5. 9.5 |   The Quietus

    Treats is genuinely refreshing, a real one-off and a delightful stroke of genius, a huge gamble for both band members that has paid off in spades
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  6. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Krauss and Miller immediately reach for the jugular on nearly every track of Treats
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  7. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Loud is now the new quiet, with Sleigh Bells leading the charge and leaving everything and everyone trembling in the wake of their seething, untamed sound
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  8. 9.0 |   The Observer

    Miller's maniacal need to push everything towards distortion – apart from his colleague's vocal – means the track arrives with substantial wallop and a clash of opposites as joyous as it is confrontational
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  9. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Treats is one of the most impressive albums you'll hear this year
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  10. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Being interesting, unique, fun and damn good is near impossible to pull off. Sleigh Bells has done it on Treats, and goddamn is it good
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  11. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Embrace the noise and come join Sleigh Bells party. So what if you go a bit deaf? It's not like you'll need to listen to anything else this year
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  12. 9.0 |   The 405

    This is not classifiable with any other scene or movement...We have here one exceptionally and deliberately original album
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  13. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Who knows if Sleigh Bells’ thrills will have the staying power to be anything more than a summertime fling? But when the feelings that Treats stirs up are this strong, you might as well enjoy them as long as they last
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  14. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    The combination of the music's essentials - jackhammer riffs clipped from punk and metal, mid-tempo beats from hip-hop and electro, and supremely catchy sing-song melodies - is striking on its own, sounding remarkably fresh and unlike anything else right now
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  15. 8.5 |   BBC

    Rill Rill might just be the duo’s most endearing track... It won’t be Sleigh Bells’ signature song, and rightly so – it’s the sonic mayhem that’ll get them noticed
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  16. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    A smart, quirky debut that’s as punishing as it is melodic, and wholly satisfying
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  17. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Sleigh Bells have latched onto an exciting undercurrent in contemporary pop music and put their own distinctive stamp on it. In the process, they’ve made a hard-hitting album that will positively kill on the dance floor
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  18. 8.0 |   Spin

    Infectious double-dutch funk from an unlikely acid bath of distorted drum machines and nasal pigfuck guitars
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  19. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Sleigh Bells have crafted something entirely unique and that in itself is commendable, and the fact that they’ve done it with such a bold sound is all the more praiseworthy (or even surprising)
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  20. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    If you’re after 33 minutes of sheer disposable fun, you could do a lot worse than buying into the hype and picking up a copy of Treats: I can guarantee you that it’s tastier than a basket of truffle-infused fries
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  21. 8.0 |   Q

    In a word: exhilarating. Print edition only

  22. 8.0 |   Blurt

    A jaw dropper from start to finish
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  23. 8.0 |   NME

    MIA better watch her back; these two more than have the potential to come and steal her crown from under her nose. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s a mixture of truly explosive tracks combined with the concept of having fun by just going completely bananas to the mash-up of rhythmic break-beats and repetitive glam metal riffs
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  25. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Rill Rill sounds like a distant cousin of MIA's Paper Planes. Print edition only

  26. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Treats can be a slavering, snarling beast of an album, but beneath the bravado is a sweet centre
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  27. 8.0 |   Clash

    A tingling barrage of granular guitar distortion and overdriven, over-compressed girl-pop squall
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  28. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    The long and fractious marriage of pop and noise endures
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  29. 8.0 |   State

    It is a hybrid of electronic beats, piercing vocals and clean, soaring guitar riffs creating a distinct combination all to itself
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  30. 8.0 |   All Music

    A boldness, immediacy, and sense of fun that’s missing from too much other music
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  31. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Treats is loud, it’s fast, and it’s fun. Enjoy it
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  32. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    An ear-drum-bursting whisper in the ear. An air-raid siren of brassy intent. A cinder block painted luminous green and pink through the window of Macy's
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  33. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    An album that's more sweet than sour. Treats may disappear quickly, but it's sure to leave behind a pleasant buzz
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  34. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Their debut suggests the White Stripes' White Blood Cells by way of M.I.A.'s Arular, noise that's friendly and cute,
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  35. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    For every Rill Rill, with its hazy strum lifted from Funkadelic's Can You Get to That, there's a Straight As, with guitars distorted to a deafening crackle
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  36. 4.0 |   Eye Weekly

    Yes, Treats is loud and kinda fun, but ultimately empty and pointless — all hooks but little in the way of actual songs
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  37. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    Instead of offering an invigorating blueprint for tomorrow, they’ve rehashed a pale imitation of yesterday
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