WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 |
Posted by: Nick Chow
Three years after their last album, Bitter Rivals, Sleigh Bells has finally returned with Jessica Rabbit. They're just as loud and in your face as they were before, but they're far more experimental now. Jessica Rabbit is full of twists, turns, and free falls as the noise pop duo tear the ground out from under your feet. It can take a while to get on board with it. Tempos will change halfway through songs or the mood will turn on a dime without warning. It pulls you in many directions at once, but don't mistaken it for randomness.
Their writing this time around is much more stream-of-conscience. They're able to jump from one idea to another and create one hell of a trip doing so. "Throw Me Down the Stairs" only clocks in at two minutes and forty-three seconds, but it goes through three different sounding movements. "Rule Number One" begins as a heavy rock song, but then it completely changes into a brighter pop song before reaching its end. Sleigh Bells does an entertaining job at exploring the ranges of their songwriting. Everything is driven by catchy melody lines that help guide you through any unexpected turn they make.
There were moments where it felt like the main idea of the song felt mixed up in other things, but you could always find yourself back on solid ground eventually, even if it wasn't where you initially started. If you're looking for a wild musical trip, then Sleigh Bells' Jessica Rabbit made the right album for you.