Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #59 Ladytron
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Having formed in the late 90's, Liverpool's Ladytron came into their own before the recent indie-dance craze that's swept the independent music scene the last year or two (or three or four). Ladytron popped onto many folks radar following the release of their sophomore album, Light and Magic. One of their bigger, not to mention insanely catchy, hits was the track "Seventeen." The song became an indie-electro dance night anthem for young 20-somethings, a hipster club-banger if you will. Ladytron's futuristic electro-pop that filled the bytes of their first two albums were full of vintage analogue sounds that focus on dance beats first and sexy melodic vocal hooks second.
Although Light and Magic was a fantastic record that was accessible, unpretentious and downright fun, the foursome really peaked with 2005's Witching Hour. Continuing on their darkening path, the now moody Ladytron proved they had the stamina to stay on top of their game in an ever-saturated world of more-than-I-can-count electro-dance artists. With their previous albums, Ladytron was always in a struggle to fight the eye-rolling and "I don't get it's" that accompanied being lumped in with the other razor haircut bands garnering too much hype. With Witching Hour though, Ladytron beefed it up and proved they were more than just skin and bones electro-clash. If "Seventeen" was the catchy dance number of my early 20's, "Destroy Everything You Touch" was the bitter, moody dance track of my mid-20's. The tracks that make up Witching Hour have more going on in terms of style, which showcases more shoegaze as well as synth, and in terms of lyrics, which focus more on life lessons as well as not-so-subtle drug metaphors ("Sugar").
In 2008 Ladytron released their fourth album, Velocifero, not too far of a departure from Witching Hour. Although Velocifero isn't quite the album Witching Hour is, Ladytron is smart in that they stuck with what worked so well the last time around. Having made it through four albums in a deeply competitive genre, Ladytron earns their spot as one of the top artists of the past decade.
- Nicole Coxe
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