Sleigh Bells - 'Comeback Kid'
Full of crunchy guitars and demonic thumping beats
The comeback kids’ second, ‘Comeback Kid’, on the other hand? Now this is the pop hit they were banging on about. Well, kinda. It’s still stuffed full of crunchy guitars (recorded, apparently, in a massive reverberation room for added effect) and demonic thumping beats, but this time they’re growling and rumbling under and over much sweeter vocals and – dare we say it – a catchier structure. It’s as if someone put The Ting Tings on a rack, stretched them to breaking point, turned them into lurching androids equipped with sonic death rays and let them loose at a Skrillex gig. Or something. Anyway – Alexis’ increased involvement in the songwriting process has seen her add numerous pop devices to her foil Derek’s demented machinations, and the resulting tussle is captivating indeed.
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