Treats (album)

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Treats
Studio album by Sleigh Bells
Released May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)
Studio Treefort Recordings
(Brooklyn, New York City)
Genre
Length 32:06
Label
Producer Derek Miller
Sleigh Bells chronology
Sleigh Bells
(2009)
Treats
(2010)
Reign of Terror
(2012)
Singles from Treats
  1. "Tell 'Em"
    Released: April 28, 2010 (2010-04-28)
  2. "Infinity Guitars"
    Released: November 14, 2010 (2010-11-14)
  3. "Riot Rhythm"
    Released: February 14, 2011 (2011-02-14)

Treats is the debut studio album by American noise pop duo Sleigh Bells, released on May 24, 2010 by Mom+Pop and N.E.E.T. Recordings.

Recording[edit]

Derek E. Miller's rough demos gained the attention of Spike Jonze and M.I.A. Miller stated that the ensuing positive feedback and his "dream collaboration" working with M.I.A. in her studio on the album Maya (2010) gave him the confidence to do the Treats record without opting for a co-producer.[1] Miller worked with M.I.A. on the track "Meds and Feds" in 2009, following which she signed the group to her label N.E.E.T. Recordings.[2] Vocalist Alexis Krauss said of M.I.A.: "It's really exciting to have her in our court and be able to work with her. At this point it's more about being part of a creative community and the day-to-day running of the business is pretty much Mom + Pop's job. It's the fact that she had interest in us literally before anyone else cared at all which definitely boosted our confidence."[2]

Krauss spoke of her enjoyment at the collaborative nature of the album making process with Miller, telling Drowned in Sound, "When we got into the studio we began collaborating more. There's a few tracks on the album—'Tell Em', 'Riot Rhythms', 'Tell the Heart' [sic]—which definitely became more collaborative in terms of me doing more work on melodies, harmonies and we plan on further explorations of this in the future."[2] She also spoke of the different vocal styles she employed to convey the meanings of each song: "On a song like 'Infinity Guitars', obviously the delivery is going to be much more aggressive and menacing while a song like 'Rill Rill', you are occupying a much different state of mind when you're delivering those vocals."[2]

Singles[edit]

The lead single from Treats, "Tell 'Em", was released as a free download on April 28, 2010 via the duo's official website.[3] "Infinity Guitars" was released on November 14, 2010 as the second single from the album.[4] Rolling Stone placed the track at number twenty-one on their list of the 50 Best Songs of 2010.[5] The music video for "Infinity Guitars" premiered on NME‍ '​s website on September 19, 2010.[6] "Riot Rhythm" was released on February 14, 2011 as the album's third and final single.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[9]
Alternative Press 4/5[10]
Robert Christgau A−[11]
Entertainment Weekly A−[12]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[13]
NME 8/10[14]
Pitchfork Media 8.7/10[15]
PopMatters 9/10[16]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[17]
Spin 8/10[18]

Treats received general acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 84, based on 35 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[8] Paste gave the album 9.3/10 or a "phenomenal" rating, and said that it is "a supremely raw and visceral pop masterwork".[19] Pitchfork Media writer Mark Richardson gave the album 8.7/10, earning it a "Best New Music" accolade and stating that it sounds "remarkably fresh and unlike anything else right now".[15] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly awarded Treats an A−, describing the sound as "genre-swerving".[12] Rolling Stone gave it three-and-a-half stars with reviewer Jon Dolan citing it as "noise that's friendly and cute, primitivism that masks pop smarts and respect for tradition".[17]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Rank List
Drowned in Sound 40 Albums of the Year 2010[20]
Entertainment Weekly 6 10 Best Albums of 2010[21]
Exclaim! 16 Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010[22]
NME 40 75 Best Albums of 2010[23]
Paste 6 The 50 Best Albums of 2010[24]
Pitchfork Media 16 The Top 50 Albums of 2010[25]
PopMatters 11 The 70 Best Albums of 2010[26]
Slant Magazine 4 The 25 Best Albums of 2010[27]
Spin 29 The 40 Best Albums of 2010[28]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sleigh Bells

No. Title Length
1. "Tell 'Em"   2:56
2. "Kids"   2:46
3. "Riot Rhythm"   2:37
4. "Infinity Guitars"   2:32
5. "Run the Heart"   2:41
6. "Rachel"   2:19
7. "Rill Rill"   3:50
8. "Crown on the Ground"   3:49
9. "Straight A's"   1:32
10. "A/B Machines"   3:35
11. "Treats"   3:29
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Treats.[29]

Sleigh Bells
  • Derek Miller – all instruments, artwork, production
  • Alexis Krauss – vocals
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom May 24, 2010 Digital download Mom + Pop [38]
United States June 1, 2010
  • CD
  • digital download
[39][40]
Germany June 4, 2010 Digital download Mom + Pop [41]
Australia June 18, 2010
  • CD
  • digital download
Liberator [42][43]
United Kingdom June 21, 2010 CD Mom + Pop [44]
Germany June 22, 2010 LP Sony [45]
United Kingdom June 28, 2010 Mom + Pop [46]
Japan October 13, 2010 CD Sony [47]
Germany October 15, 2010 [48]
United States April 26, 2011 LP
  • Mom + Pop
  • N.E.E.T.
[49]

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