Sleigh Bells - Treats
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2010 Ratings: #27 / 899
Year End Rank: #12
User Score
Based on 400 ratings
2010 Ratings: #45
Liked by 13 people
May 11, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mom+Pop / Label
Derek Miller / Producer
Noise Pop / Genres
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A.V. Club

Krauss and Miller immediately reach for the jugular on nearly every track of Treats. The trick could wear thin quickly, but the tracks that previously made the Internet rounds as demos sound just as vital here as they did on first download.


Weighing in at just 32 minutes, Treats can hardly be accused of outstaying its welcome. In fact, its brevity is its strength – too much aural pummelling could be too much. As it is, as soon as the album finishes, you’ll want to put it on again straight away.


While part of Sleigh Bells’ appeal has to do with its bold inventiveness, a lot more of it has to be chalked up to the air of invincibility that comes through in the duo’s bruising, high-impact sound, which elicits a visceral reaction that gets you to really feel its excesses and indulge in them.


The New York duo's debut full-length is a wildly fun noise-pop thrill-ride, delivering on the promise of last year's widely circulated demos.


Given that Sleigh Bells' sound is so big -- and undeniably exciting -- songwriting falls lower on the band’s list of priorities than taking all the dramatic moments from everyone’s favorite songs and turning them into songs in their own right.


Sleigh Bells’ novelty ... lies in a tingling barrage of granular guitar distortion and overdriven, over-compressed girl-pop squall. 

Under The Radar

While the lasting power of Treats past the warm weather months may be questionable, the duo is out to make hay while the sun shines with a high octane combination of combustible beats, finger snaps, cheerleader chants, beat machines, giddy screams, and unfiltered sass.

Goddamn this sounds great! The production is so distorted and compressed and the loops are really infectious. It’s heavy, it rattles my brain, and it’s everything I want from this type of pop album. So why’d I only give it a 50? Because everything else doesn’t work. The vocals are boring, the lyrics are trite and don’t develop, and finally, my biggest critique, THESE ARE NOT SONGS. They don’t go anywhere, they stick to the same general idea and never build on ... read more
Kind of spoiler alert i think soo if you’re up to it listen to this first

The cover art of this album should tell you all you need to know: cheerleader music on crack. By attempting to contrast sing-songy tunes with overwhelming noise and monstrous guitar riffs, Sleigh Bells have found a perfect match.

When I review pop albums, I try to cover the three components I find to be the most important in them: songwriting, lyrics, and production. This album’s melodies, while not overly ... read more
If I could inject this record to my veins, I would. Formed my unending love to music in general.
I really liked these dirty and heavy sounds. I even set up infinite guitars on an alarm clock so I think that getting up will not be a problem now:D
So this album has been out for over 10 years and no one cared to tell me until know?
It’s like cheerleaders took a bath salts and hit record.
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