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The hip-hop beats sputter like someone dropped a boombox in a swimming pool. The gloriously cheeseball riffage could've been dubbed off an old Van Halen cassette. It's cheerleader music for punks. It's punk music for cheerleaders. Either way, when hardcore vet Derek Miller (Poison the Well) hooks up with former teen-pop singer Alexis Krauss (RubyBlue), they make mind-blowing, bleacher-stomping party anthems. There's no art-school posturing here: All the thrills on the Brooklyn duo's debut are cheap, lowbrow and dirty — which, of course, makes them way more fun.
Even the samples go for the gut-punch: Yes, that's Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That" on "Rill Rill." Through it all, Krauss sing-chants every line with such agit-prop fervor, she deserves her own bullhorn (even if what she's chanting is, "wonder what your girlfriend thinks about your braces?"). On "Riot Rhythm," she sounds a little like M.I.A., whose N.E.E.T. label released Treats, except you get the feeling the only riot Krauss cares about is the kind she's gonna start if you don't sing along. True, we can't say how Sleigh Bells' ultra-repetitive hooks will sound after the five millionth time you hear the album. But that only means time… read more »