2012 IN CHEERLEADER ROCK
Reign of Terror
(Mom + Pop)
Less austere than the debut, album #2 sounds lusher and more varied, but still with loud beats and guitars and brattiness. It's catchy. Hard to find anything to say about it. Is that why many people don't like it? (Minor controversy at Singles Jukebox.) In a sense I agree with Jukeboxer Z. Ly0n who says, "I'm not sure they were ever supposed to make a second record," except I really like this second record. The Sleigh Bells' problem -- how do you follow up something so formally original? -- reminds me of Mike Figgis following up the four-simultaneous-quadrants-digitally-shot Timecode, except that I'm not sure how he did follow it up. But he didn't launch a career consisting solely of four simultaneous quadrants digitally shot. If he did it might seem forced. If Sleigh Bells kept making austere one-chord cheerleader metal, that might seem forced too. So here they embrace Def Leppard.
Way better than Madonna's MDNA.