Sleigh Bells, "Treats"

76 Billboard Rating

Make no mistake: Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells is loud, raucous and unapologetic. Members Alexis Krauss (vocals) and Derek Miller (guitarist/programmer) prove it on debut album "Treats," from the hard-hitting drum machine and soaring guitar riff of opener "Tell 'Em" to the frantic, punk energy of "Straight A's." On the distortion-heavy "A/B Machines," Krauss' repeated vocal chant ("Got my A machines on the table/Got my B machines in the drawer") is no match for Miller's sweltering guitar, and "Crown on the Ground" is stomping noise-pop poised to define the band's sound. Elsewhere, songs like "Riot Rhythm" and the M.I.A.-flavored "Kids" (Sleigh Bells is signed to the artist's N.E.E.T. Recordings) suffocate the listener with hip-shaking beats and buzzing distortion. But the track "Rill Rill" leaves room to breathe--Krauss' voice is unusually sweet over easygoing guitar and slow-jam snaps. --Lindsey Fortier