Melissa Maerz
March 01, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Reign of Terror

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it a B+

In 2010, the hype machine’s needle pointed into the red for this Brooklyn duo, whose excellent thrash-pop debut, Treats, was touted by Spike Jonze, M.I.A., and every pink-haired cheerleader who heard it on Gossip Girl. Reign of Terror, their follow-up, features all the cheap boom-box beats and Guitar Hero riffs that made their debut such a head rush — check the foot-stomping ”Crush.” But it’s Alexis Krauss’ woozy vocals that are truly sublime; she sounds like a real teen dream: ethereally beautiful and totally bored. B+

Best Tracks:
Hesher-friendly Crush
Pop-metal Comeback Kid

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