The good old Ladytron formula!?
Release Date: January 20th, 2023
Label: Ladytron Music
Tags: Electro Pop, Ladytron, Synth Pop
Discogs: Ladytron – Time's Arrow
Partially sounds like: Marsheaux, Client
Final score: 3.4 stars
Matching album cliches: 0 / 7
After a four-year hiatus, electronic music pioneers Ladytron return with their highly-anticipated new album "Time's Arrow". Following the success of their self-titled 2019 release 'Ladytron', the band has dropped two singles to tease the album, leaving fans eagerly awaiting its arrival. Join us as we take a deep dive into the album and see if it lives up to the hype.
An explosive opening: First track convinces instantly
'City of Angels' is a great opener for Ladytron's album "Time's Arrow". As the first single, it sets the tone for the almost rest of the album and gives a taste of the band's typical electronic synth pop sound. The midtempo beat and catchy melody make it a perfect introduction to the album and a great way to get into the band's sound. After listen to the first new song I was already on fire.
'Faces' is a standout track on Ladytron's album "Time's Arrow". Although the official video may not have convinced me, the song itself is a bright and catchy electro pop track. The use of typical 70s organs gives it a retro feel, while still maintaining the band's signature sound and DNA in the song structure. Overall, it's a fantastic addition to the album and a must-listen for fans of the band.
Faces we've forgotten and
Faces we remember to forget
Lyrics from 'Faces' by Ladytron
No risk taken: A lack of innovation
The song 'Misery Remember Me' starts off with poppy guitars. The song has a sad and tragic feeling, reminiscent of an 80s movie scene of being lost on a rainy night. However, in my opinion, not much happens in the song and it comes across as quite mediocre. It might not be the strongest track on the album, but it's still worth listening to it as a continuity of the album.
'Flight From Angkor' is an intriguing song with a mysterious and dark intro featuring sci-fi sounds. At least for a few seconds. The song has a slow tempo that gives it a sense of unease and tension. The use of synthesizer sounds is impressive and creates a unique soundscape. Although the build-up is well crafted, it lacks some dynamism that could make it more engaging.
With the song 'We Never Went Away', Ladytron welcomes you to a modern hippie commune with its laid-back and groovy beat. However, the beat may not be as engaging as some of the other tracks on the album, and the leisurely pace may not sweep you away. The drum sounds used in the song are reminiscent of the 90s, but they may come across as uninspiring and don't add much to the overall song. The combination of surface sounds and the drum sounds glide through the song, but the 3:57 minutes may feel like an eternity, making it one of the less memorable tracks on the album.
A bixed bag: A few strong tracks amidst the mediocre
The sixth song finally gets my attention again. 'The Night' is likely to appeal to fans of synth pop. It's a more upbeat track compared to some of the others on the album, with a greater variety of sounds and instruments. The clear sound separation between verse and chorus is particularly noteworthy, and it's a standout feature of the song. The crisp beat is great and in my opinion, it's worth a single release. The song is a classic synth pop track and the bridge is fantastically arranged.
I remember the times
I've wanted to hurt you
Yeah, I've wanted to hurt you
Lyrics from 'The Night' by Ladytron
'The Dreamers' is a ballad on Ladytron's album "Time's Arrow" that has a more modern feel to it. Unlike some of the other songs on the album, it dispenses with the typical 60s organs and instead creates a unique aesthetic and atmosphere that transports the listener into a dark cyberpunk scenario. This is likely due to the robotic voices in the bridge, which add a sense of otherworldliness to the song.
An unmemorable farewell: The weak closing tracks of the album
'Sargasso Sea' is a "not my cup of tea song" that is quite forgettable, it serves as a short interlude and doesn't bring anything particularly new or noteworthy to the album. It might be considered as a filler track and it doesn't add much to the overall listening experience. Please don't stone me for this words, because it's just my personal opinion about it.
The penultimate song 'California' starts off with a soft 90s alternative pop/rock vibe, but as soon as the vocals come in, that mood quickly fades. The song is quite slow and monotonous, and personally, I don't find it to be one of the more engaging tracks on the album. The guitar work is also not to my taste. This song is likely to appeal more to the die-hard fans of the band, but for me, it doesn't work at all.
The last and album title track "Time's Arrow" is unfortunately mediocre. While some of the synth sounds are interesting, the overall song does not stand out. The vocals, especially in the first verse, give off a smoky, 1940s club vibe. The most noteworthy moment in the song is the tonal switch at 2:48 minutes, which caught my attention for a moment. Overall, the song is not bad, but it doesn't leave much of an impression.