Jessica Rabbit

Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2016 Ratings: #674 / 872
User Score
Based on 87 ratings
2016 Ratings: #675
November 11, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Torn Clean / Label
Noise Pop / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

Everything about Jessica Rabbit is visceral – full-force drum slams, the slick claps, Miller’s steely slabs of guitar, lyrics replete with bombs, knives, and natural disasters. And Krauss is out for blood.


At only 43 minutes, the album can take a few listens for adjustment. Like no other rock in 2016, Jessica Rabbit is rife with worthwhile whiplash, with some of Derek Miller’s best riffs no longer taking center stage in front of the songwriting.

The 405

Clean, lean, and impassioned to the edge of malice; both the beauty and the devil are in the discord. Jessica Rabbit is a fucking great feminist-punk record, one of the pop highlights of the year, and the best thing they’ve ever done.

The Guardian

Jessica Rabbit is still clearly a Sleigh Bells album – the recognisable thud of Derek Miller’s distorted guitar lines on bruising opening track It’s Just Us Now stands as punishing confirmation of that – but there’s a wider sonic palette on show than on previous efforts.


Energising Sleigh Bells with rocket-fuel, ‘Jessica Rabbit’ stands up as the band’s most consistent record since ‘Treats’.


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.


Sleigh Bells must be applauded for their experimentation on ‘Jessica Rabbit’, and it has provided riches, but as with earlier releases, the main weakness is a lack of emotional scope and pace over a course of an entire album.

Rolling Stone

When Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells arrived six years ago, their wild-style hip-hop/noise-punk seemed like an explosive novelty. Four records into their run, they're still building on it.


Sleigh Bells should be commended for rising to the challenge they set for themselves. Jessica Rabbit might be their best record and the one most likely to reward repeated listens.

The Needle Drop
Against all odds, Sleigh Bells has finally made an album that I enjoy.
Consequence of Sound

Jessica Rabbit represents Miller and Krauss’ most equal distribution of labor yet, reaching beyond the zombie cheerleader chants of Treats and the demonic choruses of its 2012 follow-up Reign of Terror to allow Krauss to really emote.

Slant Magazine

Jessica Rabbit‘s greater emphasis on melody, along with its more diverse, if occasionally too random, structure, clearly comes from savvier musicians who are more aware of their own tendencies and flaws, even if they can’t always overcome them.


Now Miller’s hair metal riffs on ‘Crucible’ and ‘I Can’t Stand You Anymore’ seem less subversive and more like ’80s nostalgia cash-ins, while much of ‘Jessica Rabbit’ sounds like it could have been made by a mildly demented Paramore, featuring Avicii.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Jessica Rabbit offers a thoroughly enjoyable, though largely predictable listen.


For the loyal fans, this is what they come back for. For the more casual Sleigh Bells listener, this may prove one full-length album too many.


It’s a hodgepodge of clashing sounds and concepts that’s united only by its indiscriminate maximalism.

The Line of Best Fit

Jessica Rabbit is the work of a band in stasis, but also one who sound desperate to pull themselves out of it.

A.V. Club

The confetti cannons that were omnipresent up to and through 2013’s Bitter Rivals have been locked away in exchange for complicated mood lighting that ultimately feels less substantive.

Pretty Much Amazing

Jessica Rabbit is a fine example of diminishing returns. It is only a matter of time before ideas start to wear off.

I had a weird dream where I went on to the spotify web page for Weezer's Pinkerton and it said it was 15 tracks and 1 hr 25 minutes long, and I was like 'That can't be right?', so I woke up and checked and yeah the dream was wrong.

Anyway, this new sleigh bells album is hot garbage.
EDIT: Yep, it just keeps getting better

I like it a lot more than I thought I would, and a lot more than other people seem to. My main qualm is that the lyrics can be a bit too "oh look at me im so edgy and dark" but it doesn't bother me as much on this album as I think it would on others.

BEST TRACKS: I Can Only Stare, Lightning Turns Sawdust Gold, I Can't Stand You Anymore, It's Just Us Now, I Know Not To Count on You

Their hearts were on their sleeves while making this one, and it shows. Thrilling, jarring, and affecting; Jessica Rabbit proves Sleigh Bells are still capable of holding their own. While the album can be undeniably scrappy at times, its highs hit much harder than its lows. Rewards with multiple listens.
Had to go back and change this review after spending time with this album. Maybe I’d like Skeletal Lamping more if I did the same for it.

Many view Sleigh Bells as the definitive buzz band of the later 00′s/early 10′s, simply because their abrasive style, while extremely catchy, was also gimmicky and never seemed likely to last more than an album or two before going stale. And indeed, they would go on to follow the typical buzz ... read more
I'm really liking this new album. In my opinion it's a massive step up over the last two albums.
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Track List

  1. It’s Just Us Now
  2. Torn Clean
  3. Lightning Turns Sawdust Gold
  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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Added on: August 24, 2016