Ladytron (album)

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Ladytron
Ladytron - Ladytron cover art.png
Studio album by
Released1 February 2019 (2019-02-01)
Recorded2017–2018
Genre
Length53:41
Label!K7
Producer
Ladytron chronology
Gravity the Seducer
(2011)
Ladytron
(2019)
Singles from Ladytron
  1. "The Animals"
    Released: 28 February 2018
  2. "The Island"
    Released: 16 August 2018
  3. "Far from Home"
    Released: 29 November 2018
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.0/10[2]
Metacritic78/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Bust5/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound7/10[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
The Line of Best Fit7.5/10[8]
Mojo4/5 stars[9]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork7.7/10[11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Uncut7/10[13]

Ladytron is the self-titled sixth studio album by English electronic music band Ladytron. It was released on 1 February 2019 by PledgeMusic and on 15 February 2019 by !K7.[14][15] The songs "The Animals", "The Island" and "Far from Home" have been released as singles.[16][17] Daniel Hunt has described the album as "heavier" than the group's previous album, Gravity the Seducer (2011).[16]

Ladytron received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number twenty-six on Scottish album charts.[18]

Background[edit]

Ladytron went on hiatus after they finished touring their fifth album, Gravity the Seducer, but the band's members pursued solo projects. Mira Aroyo collaborated on The Projects' last album, Elektrichka's Favourite Party Record and made some documentaries.[19][20] Daniel Hunt co-produced Marnie's debut album Crystal World, produced Lush's first release in 20 years (the EP Blind Spot) and other projects. Helen Marnie made two solo albums (Crystal World and Strange Words and Weird Wars) and played solo shows with a live band. Reuben Wu was occupied with photography, visual art and making music for ads.[21]

The band planned to release a new album in 2013,[22] then again in 2016[23][24] but the plans didn't work out.

Production[edit]

On 28 February 2018, Ladytron announced on PledgeMusic the recording of their sixth album;[25] the announcement was accompanied by the lead single, "The Animals". The recording of the album started on 25 June[14] and ended on 17 September.[26] Helen Marnie stated that they have "spent some time down in Southeast England recording it for about a month or so."[27] Ladytron and Jim Abbiss (who also co-produced Witching Hour) produced this album with the exception of "Paper Highways" and "Horrorscope" which were produced by both Vice Cooler and Mira Aroyo.

Daniel Hunt described this album as "a lot heavier than "Gravity," which was an intentionally more sedate, ethereal record; the atmospheres are there, but there's more urgency underneath."[14] Marnie added: "For us, it's like getting together with an old friend. You've both changed, but still have that common ground. Familiarity crossed with excitement."[14]

The album features guest Igor Cavalera (Sepultura, Mixhell, Soulwax) on drums;[14] the cover art depicting a couple running towards a forest fire was created by Reuben Wu, Neil Krug and Jeff Frost.[14]

Singles[edit]

Ladytron has been supported by three singles; the first single, "The Animals", was released on 28 February 2018 and was accompanied by a music video directed by Fernando Nogari.[28] "The Island" was released as the second single on 16 August 2018 and has a music video directed by Bryan M. Ferguson;[29] the third single "Far From Home" was released on 29 November.[30]

Release[edit]

The album was originally set for release in 12 October 2018,[31] but the release date was moved to January 2019 and then to February 2019.[14] Ladytron was released on 1 February 2019 by PledgeMusic and on 15 February by !K7.[14] Although the project was funded via Pledge music, none of the orders taken via Pledge were ever fulfilled, and many if not all of the orders were never refunded. There were reports that the Pledge exclusive merchandise was being sold to customers at the live shows promoting the album release, with even some fans posting photos on social media. Updates via the Pledge campaign page were few and far between and eventually ceased in March 2019, with most Pledge backers believing they will never receive the orders or refunds.[32]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Until the Fire"Daniel Hunt
  • Ladytron
  • Jim Abbiss[a]
  • Edd Hartwell[a]
5:35
2."The Island"
  • Ladytron
  • Scott
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
4:04
3."Tower of Glass"Hunt
  • Ladytron
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
3:59
4."Far from Home"Hunt
  • Ladytron
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
3:35
5."Paper Highways"
  • Ladytron
  • Aroyo
  • Cooler
3:37
6."The Animals"Hunt
  • Ladytron
  • Abbiss
  • Hartwell[a]
4:32
7."Run"
  • Ladytron
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
2:51
8."Deadzone"Marnie
  • Ladytron
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
4:26
9."Figurine"
  • Hunt
  • Marnie
  • Wu
  • Ladytron
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
4:06
10."You've Changed"
  • Marnie
  • Scott
  • Ladytron
  • Scott
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
4:28
11."Horrorscope"
  • Aroyo
  • Cooler
  • Ladytron
  • Aroyo
  • Cooler
3:19
12."The Mountain"Hunt
  • Ladytron
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
4:32
13."Tomorrow Is Another Day"Marnie
  • Ladytron
  • Abbiss[a]
  • Hartwell[a]
4:37
Total length:53:41
Notes
  • ^a signifies an additional producer

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the official Ladytron website and the liner notes of Ladytron.[33]

Musicians

  • Igor Cavalera – drums
  • Billy Brown – drums
  • John Gibbons – brass (track 6)
  • Dan Thorne – brass (track 6)
  • Dino Gollnick – additional guitars (track 11)

Technical personnel

  • Ladytron – production
  • Jim Abbiss – production, mixing (track 6); additional production (tracks: 1–4, 6–10, 12-13)
  • Mira Aroyo – production (tracks: 5, 11)
  • Vice Cooler – production (tracks: 5, 11)
  • Dave Pensado – mixing (tracks: 5, 11)
  • George Chung – mixing (track 6)
  • Johnny Scott – production (tracks: 2, 10)
  • Edd Hartwell – mixing, additional production (tracks: 1–4, 6–10, 12-13)
  • Daniel Woodward – additional mixing (track 6)
  • Matt Colton – mastering

Design

  • Neil Krug – artwork
  • Jeff Frost – artwork
  • Reuben Wu – artwork
  • Anders Ladegaard – layout

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[34] 26
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[35] 3
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[36] 10
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[37] 13
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[38] 16

References[edit]

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  5. ^ @Ladytron (11 January 2019). "First review of our new album from @bust_magazine. 5 out of 5" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  7. ^ Hutchinson, Kate (15 February 2019). "Ladytron: Ladytron review – electroclash stomp of intent". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
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  11. ^ Katherine St. Asaph (15 February 2019). "Ladytron: Ladytron". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  12. ^ @Ladytron (12 February 2019). "Electroclash survivors' soundtrack to a world in turmoil" (Tweet). Retrieved 12 February 2019 – via Twitter.
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  30. ^ "Ladytron - Far From Home (Official Audio)". 29 November 2018.
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  33. ^ Credits for Ladytron:
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