Sleigh Bells - Treats
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2010 Ratings: #31 / 854
Year End Rank: #13
User Score
Based on 205 ratings
2010 Ratings: #34
May 11, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mom & Pop / Label
Derek Miller / Producer
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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.

My ears are bleeding. I mean that both in a good way, and in a bad way.

This album's a mess.

Much review. Such wow.

Favorite Tracks: Kids, Riot Rhythm, Rill Rill (standout), and Crown on the Ground.

Least Favorite: Rachel
extremely obnoxious. And I love it. This album is so in your face but yet so uplifting and happy. Blending Experimental pop, noise and bit of hardcore punk. If you like death grips id give this album a try.
Best tracks: Run the Heart, A/B Machines, Treats, Straight A's
Least favorite(s): Rachel
Such an amazing debut. Noise has never sounded better
Faves: Crown on the Ground, Rill Rill, Kids
Treats sounds like a bubblegum pop album that was thrown into an unwashed blender caked with noise residue, then hastily stitched back together. With production sounding like blown-out laptop speakers, it's hard to tell if it's intentional or not—especially considering later albums didn't follow suit—but it's overall defective nature juxtaposed with vapid pop works well, leaving us this beautiful pop monstrosity.
I am still waiting for another album that makes me shit my pants like Treats.

Probably one of the most exciting 30 minutes in music, Sleigh Bells makes aggressive music so accessible, you feel like a total badass (regardless of your actual badass status). Treats is a tight, unique project that only gets better with age. I cannot pick a favorite song; I want this album to hobble me like its Kathy Bates in Misery.
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Track List

  1. Tell 'Em 
  2. Kids 
  3. Riot Rhythm
  4. Infinity Guitars 
  5. Run the Heart 
  6. Rachel 
  7. Rill Rill 
  8. Crown On the Ground 
  9. Straight A's 
  10. A/B Machines
  11. Treats

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