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Album: Jessica Rabbit
# Song Title   Time
1)    It's Just Us Now
2)    Torn Clean
3)    Lightning Turns Sawdust
4)    I Can't Stand You Anymore
5)    Crucible
6)    Loyal For
7)    I Can Only Stare
8)    Throw Me Down the Stairs
9)    Unlimited Dark Paths
10)    I Know Not to Count on You
11)    Rule Number One
12)    Baptism by Fire
13)    Hyper Dark
14)    As If
 

Album: Jessica Rabbit
# Song Title   Time
1)    It's Just Us Now
2)    Torn Clean
3)    Lightning Turns Sawdust
4)    I Can't Stand You Anymore
5)    Crucible
6)    Loyal For
7)    I Can Only Stare
8)    Throw Me Down the Stairs
9)    Unlimited Dark Paths
10)    I Know Not to Count on You
11)    Rule Number One
12)    Baptism by Fire
13)    Hyper Dark
14)    As If
 
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  • For Sleigh Bells, the blurring boundaries between pop's mainstream and underground were a blessing and a curse. Though they cranked out three albums of subversive sweetness and noise in as many years, Top 40 pop caught up with them almost as quickly: Demi Lovato's 2015 album Confident featured a song that sounded similar enough to their work that they sued for copyright infringement. More importantly, by the time they released Bitter Rivals, it felt like Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss had exhausted their music's extremes. During the years between that album and Jessica Rabbit -- a gap as long as the time it took to make all their other albums -- the duo recalibrated, borrowing some of the gloss from the mainstream pop so fond of Krauss and Miller's rough edges. The duo began splicing the opposite sides of their sound on Bitter Rivals, and they continue the trend even more creatively on their fourth full-length: instead of just tweaking their dynamics, they play fast and loose with the most conventional and experimental parts of their music. Sometimes the results are outlandish, even by Miller and Krauss' standards: "Throw Me Down the Stairs," which combines '80s metal riffs with ambient passages, is one of their wildest pastiches yet. Other times, they're almost straightforward; "Baptism by Fire" delivers sparkly pop that makes the most of Krauss' vocals. More than ever, her voice is the anchor for Sleigh Bells' stylistic swings. "I'm loyal -- for now," she sings at one point on Jessica Rabbit, capturing the moment-to-moment existence within their songs. It also feels like there's more purpose, and righteous anger, anchoring their experiments. Authenticity is a major theme, with Krauss crooning "the real thing" over guitar outbursts on "It's Just Us Now" and comparing blood to plastic on "Lightning Turns Sawdust Gold." Though the duo excel at putting their contents under pressure on songs like "Crucible" and "Rule Number One," where the riffs ripple like shockwaves, Sleigh Bells also allow listeners a few more breathers. The "uh oh"s that punctuate "Hyper Dark"'s shattered balladry hint at Jessica Rabbit's state of emergency, while "Torn Clean" is one of the band's prettiest songs yet. Contrasts like these have been Sleigh Bells' modus operandi since the beginning, but Jessica Rabbit's mix of brashness and finesse proves they can still thrill. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[Krauss] sounds at once playful and vengeful: 'God only knows the hell that I chose,' she shouts over tornado guitars on 'Rule Number One,' like Brian Wilson high on a holy migraine."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Unlimited Dark Paths' and 'As If'' attack contemporary R&B with avant-garde mentalism -- it's both far-out and potentially pack-leading."

NME (Magazine) - "It's all deranged enough to convince us that Sleigh Bells are still menacing outliers, but on a deep cover mission to infiltrate the mainstream, horns still poking out of their '80s mullet wigs."

Paste (magazine) - "[S]everal songs act as palate-expanders, traipsing the uncanny valleys inherent in lurching tempo changes, prog-like suites and miniatures bridging one stuffed setpiece to the next....Like no other rock in 2016, JESSICA RABBIT is rife with worthwhile whiplash..."

Clash (magazine) - "One could eloquently describe Sleigh Bells' fourth album as a band harnessing their raw power and pushing it in new exciting directions."
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