Bitter Rivals

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Bitter Rivals
Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals.png
Studio album by Sleigh Bells
Released October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04)
Recorded Treefort Studios
(Brooklyn, New York City)[1]
Genre
Length 29:26
Label Mom + Pop
Producer
  • Will Hubbard
  • Derek Miller
  • Shane Stoneback
Sleigh Bells chronology
Reign of Terror
(2012)Reign of Terror2012
Bitter Rivals
(2013)
Jessica Rabbit
(2016)Jessica Rabbit2016
Singles from Bitter Rivals
  1. "Bitter Rivals"
    Released: September 3, 2013
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club B[4]
Consequence of Sound 2/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly A−[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
NME 7/10[8]
Pitchfork 5.9/10[9]
PopMatters 7/10[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
Spin 8/10[12]

Bitter Rivals is the third studio album by American noise pop duo Sleigh Bells. It was released on October 4, 2013 by Mom + Pop Music. The title track was released as the album's lead single on September 3, 2013,[13] with a music video released the day before.[14] The album was made exclusively available for streaming on Rolling Stone's website on October 1, 2013.[15] It was partially inspired by Janet Jackson, with the song "Tiger Kit" referencing Jackson's "Rhythm Nation".[16][17]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Alexis Krauss and Derek E. Miller.[18]

  1. "Bitter Rivals" – 3:19
  2. "Sugarcane" – 2:47
  3. "Minnie" – 3:01
  4. "Sing Like a Wire" – 2:35
  5. "Young Legends" – 2:50
  6. "Tiger Kit" – 2:55
  7. "You Don't Get Me Twice" – 2:43
  8. "To Hell with You" – 3:09
  9. "24" – 2:58
  10. "Love Sick" – 3:09

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bitter Rivals.[18]

Sleigh Bells

Additional musicians

  • Kevin Osborne – whistling on "To Hell With You"

Production and recording

  • Chris Athens – mastering
  • Andrew Dawson – mixing, additional production on "Young Legends"
  • Will Hubbard – executive producer
  • Derek E. Miller – production
  • Shane Stoneback – engineering, recording, additional production

Artwork and design

  • Steve Attardo – design, layout
  • Derek Miller – art direction, original photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
UK Indie Albums Chart[19] 36
US Billboard 200[20] 49
US Alternative Albums[21] 15
US Independent Albums[22] 9
US Rock Albums[23] 16

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Germany[24] October 4, 2013 Digital download Lucky Number Music
Ireland[25] CD
France[26] October 7, 2013 Digital download
Ireland[27]
United Kingdom[28]
  • CD
  • digital download
United States[29] October 8, 2013
  • CD
  • LP
  • digital download
Mom + Pop
Australia[30] October 11, 2013
  • CD
  • digital download
Liberator
United Kingdom[31] October 14, 2013 LP Lucky Number Music
Germany[32] October 18, 2013
  • CD
  • LP
France[33] October 21, 2013 CD
Japan[34] November 27, 2013 Hostess

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (September 12, 2013). "Inside Sleigh Bells' Lean, Mean New Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Reviews for Bitter Rivals by Sleigh Bells". Metacritic. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Bitter Rivals – Sleigh Bells". AllMusic. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Thurm, Eric (October 8, 2013). "Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ Cosores, Philip (October 8, 2013). "Album Review: Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Albums: October 11, 2013". Entertainment Weekly. October 4, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Costa, Maddy (October 3, 2013). "Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals – review". The Guardian. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Levine, Nick (October 7, 2013). "Sleigh Bells – 'Bitter Rivals'". NME. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (October 8, 2013). "Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ Conaton, Chris (October 7, 2013). "Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals". PopMatters. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ganz, Caryn (October 8, 2013). "Sleigh Bells 'Bitter Rivals' Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ Aaron, Charles (October 9, 2013). "Sleigh Bells' 'Bitter Rivals' Delivers Candy-Coated Annihilation You Can Believe In". Spin. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bitter Rivals – Single by Sleigh Bells". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ Battan, Carrie; Phillips, Amy; Minsker, Evan (September 2, 2013). "Sleigh Bells Announce New Album Bitter Rivals, Share Title Track, Plot Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (October 1, 2013). "Sleigh Bells Get Positively Loud in 'Bitter Rivals' – Album Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ Rudow, Bryce T. (November 19, 2013). "BYT Interviews: Sleigh Bells". Brightest Young Things. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ Woods, Mickey (October 8, 2013). "Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells Chats With Glamour About New Album Bitter Rivals and Her Pop-Culture Obsessions". Glamour. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b Bitter Rivals (Media notes). Sleigh Bells. Mom + Pop Music. 2013. CD booklet. MP118–2. 
  19. ^ "2013 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Sleigh Bells – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Sleigh Bells – Chart history: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Sleigh Bells – Chart history: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Sleigh Bells – Chart history: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
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