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Witching Hour destroyed me today. Going to put the other ones on the iPod for a car trip this weekend. What say you?

Poll Results

Witching Hour (2005) 14
604 (2001) 8
Light & Magic (2002) 6
Velocifero (2008) 4

willem, Friday, 1 May 2009 19:54 (twelve years ago) link

"Light And Magic" is the one.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 1 May 2009 20:29 (twelve years ago) link

I've got 604 (which is the one I'm missing) coming in the mail, so I haven't heard everything yet. I do feel that Velocifero the most compulsively listenable record I've heard from them.

The Wild Shirtless Lyrics of Mark Farner (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:36 (twelve years ago) link

velocifero has fewer decent tracks on it than their first single IMO

went for witching hour just edging out 604. light & magic was pretty disappointing after 604 but to be fair 604 was essentially a singles comp with some fairly fillerish bonus tracks

private static void (electricsound), Friday, 1 May 2009 23:58 (twelve years ago) link

Come on this is too easy. As much as I love the rest, 'Witching Hour' just towers miles above.

baaderonixx, Saturday, 2 May 2009 00:13 (twelve years ago) link

I love all of these but the debut still does it for me best.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Saturday, 2 May 2009 04:37 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 6 May 2009 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

For a long time, "Blue Jeans" was my favorite Ladytron song, but now it's probably "Seventeen".

bendy, Wednesday, 6 May 2009 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 7 May 2009 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

100% agreement

lolsdale street (electricsound), Thursday, 7 May 2009 23:43 (twelve years ago) link

No way. This band just continues to improve, I love the newer directions.

Velocifero > Witching Hour > Light & Magic > 604

homage is parody gone sour (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 May 2009 23:49 (twelve years ago) link

"Light & Magic" >>> "604" >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "Witching Hour" >>>> "Velocifero"

No need to waste any more time on this band until they return to their electropop roots.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 8 May 2009 00:25 (twelve years ago) link

six years pass...

Bumped because I've been relistening to Witching Hour, which came out 10 years ago last week and still remains their finest moment, and to me one of the better UK electropop albums to be released since the turn of the millennium. Great record. With the benefit of hindsight, I feel that Ladytron were really just getting warmed up on 604 and Light & Magic - there's some good songs on both, but Witching Hour was a hell of a leap forward, and I think what they've done since then has been great. Their last one, Gravity The Seducer, in particular I thought was very underrated.

Turrican, Saturday, 10 October 2015 17:45 (six years ago) link

'Soft Power' still gives me chills. so menacing.

KevRus, Sunday, 11 October 2015 01:28 (six years ago) link

Yeah, such a wonderful track... 'International Dateline' has been cropping up randomly in my head throughout the day, too.

Turrican, Sunday, 11 October 2015 20:20 (six years ago) link

Was tempted to put them in "Never release another album" thread--doesn't seem like they did much behind the last one, and according to FB, Helen Marnie's working on a second solo joint.

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 11 October 2015 20:48 (six years ago) link

I remember reading an interview with Helen Marnie where she said that Ladytron weren't quite over yet, and Daniel Hunt did work on her first solo album. Maybe they'll get back together after Marnie's second solo album, which I'm definitely looking forward to.

Turrican, Monday, 12 October 2015 15:52 (six years ago) link

Turrican OTM - Witching Hour definitely top 5 of the decade for me. Driving a few years ago at night in a snow storm in Nevada with "Soft Power" playing remains a very-Bond like personal highlight.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 12 October 2015 15:58 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

"International Dateline" just melts me into a puddle of pathos and "Destroy" is obviously the megastomper of the millennium, but Velocifero is the album I bump the most to this day.

Tormund Giantsbabe (Leee), Friday, 24 May 2019 03:14 (two years ago) link

Velocifero is probably my second favourite record of theirs after Witching Hour

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 25 May 2019 23:34 (two years ago) link

Same here (but I would think that this is a pretty un controversial opinion)

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 26 May 2019 11:25 (two years ago) link

Witching Hour > 604 > Velocifero for me. Always found the latter a bit patchy and its best bits are kind of 'Witching Hour II' - "Burning Up" and "Versus" are among their best songs though.

dorsalstop, Sunday, 26 May 2019 11:54 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Nice piece, this.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 10 January 2022 19:06 (one week ago) link

I liked it

got a little scenestery with the effort to exactly pin years to when he got into different things, definitely on the cusp

mh, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 00:25 (one week ago) link

Reuben’s an NFT bro now

This Is Not An ILX Username (LaMonte), Thursday, 13 January 2022 14:36 (one week ago) link

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