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Review: Sleigh Bells' newly expansive 'Bitter Rivals'

Review: Sleigh Bells' newly expansive 'Bitter Rivals'

Like Michael Bay or Coca-Cola, Sleigh Bells didn’t need to change its formula. On its first two albums – both critics’ favorites that led to lucrative placements in a Honda commercial and several movie trailers – this wily Brooklyn duo made a perfectly realized racket out of jagged jock-rock guitars, booming hip-hop beats and airy girl-group vocals. The music was simple but profound, the embodiment of an idea that felt as though it might keep playing out forever. (One instructive song title from the band’s 2010 debut: “Infinity Guitars.”) Yet for “Bitter Rivals,” the speedy follow-up to last year’s “Reign of Terror,”...

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