Reign of Terror 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,… Reign of Terror 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,… 2012-02-21 Sleigh Bells Indie Rock
Music Review

Reign of Terror (2012)

BROOKLYN BEATS The indie rockers return with catchy rhythms ready-made for the teenage masses
BROOKLYN BEATS The indie rockers return with catchy rhythms ready-made for the teenage masses
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 21, 2012; Lead Performance: Sleigh Bells; Genre: Indie Rock

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
Originally posted Feb 15, 2012 Published in issue #1195 Feb 24, 2012 Order article reprints
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