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Review: Sleigh Bells rise up on mini LP Kid Kruschev

Album of the Week

Sleigh Bells prove on their latest Kid Kruschev that they are the best metallic-electro-hop duo on the planet.

Their bite sized musical collage continues the fine work done on 2016’s Jessica Rabbit.  The tipping points make you glad well…because they continue to take chances.

Sleigh BellsTwo songs in on “Favorite Transgressions,” the pair of guitarist/sonic maestro Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss dare to fuse funk together with 90’s-style electronica.

Stomping across speakers as the craziest song that Blondie never wrote, “Favorite Transgressions” is a true manic joyride.

It doesn’t end there.

A performance risk pays off when Krauss tested the highest point of her ability and she pushes out the lyric “I can hardly breathe” on “Rainmaker.”

It’s a classic case of ‘it’s not what you say but how you say it.’ Her delivery is so tortured that it’s nothing but believable.

The seven songs clock in at 21:49. Not a second of filler is put forth.

“Show Me The Door” hosts the closest thing to a traditional beat that the pair has ever done. As the track introduces itself, it appeals to both the inner trap and EDM aficionado

Most of Kid Kruschev is pretty dark salvos that tie together metaphors for war, lust and the shitty ways people can treat each other.

Unlike some art that attempts to loop in multiple themes within small sample sizes, the record refuses to get preachy or self-centered.

Instead, a stick-and-move approach is employed. They make their point and get the hell on down the road.

Like any acquired taste, Sleigh Bells may take a second to get used to. Once the assimilation period is over with, they are an inescapable blend of beats, harmonies, riffs and lyricism that refuses to be denied.

Get with it.

Rating: 5/5

Stream: Sleigh Bells Kid Kruschev

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