ALBUM REVIEW: “Best of Ladytron: 00-10” by Ladytron

February 07. 2011 | By Christopher Allen

Ladytron
Best of Ladytron: 00-10
[Nettwerk Records]

What intrigues me about electronica are the limitless boundaries of the musicians. Guitar, drum, an entire symphony orchestra, all can be commanded from a keyboard (alright, maybe a little more than that). Hailing from the UK, electro-quartet Ladytron is a major player in developing this sound. Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, a best-of collection has been put together, and if you’re in the mood for a journey, give it a spin.

Ladytron sets you in a different world. The progression of tracks is like walking through a 33-room hallway of your imagination. Each room is different and unique while carrying a theme that unifies the entire experience. Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo, the tantalizing if not occasionally eerie siren guides, give this journey a flavor unique to Ladytron. Driving drum hits are present, as are traditional synth progressions arranged into melodies that dig and bury themselves deep within your subconscious. You’ll find yourself humming random progressions days after your last listen.

You can’t mistake Ladytron, and it pains me to admit that their best-of was my first real listen. If the last 10 years are any indication, Ladytron has some serious staying power. If you’ve never heard of them, or you’ve been a fan since the get-go, the freshly minted best-of is a worthy addition to your library.

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