“The Sleigh Bells sound — Mr. Miller’s pummeling wave of distorted guitar riffs and hip-hop-inflected beats, over which Ms. Krauss provides catchy, breathy, melodic vocals — was hailed as a new direction even for noise pop…
Their chemistry is about balance: Mr. Miller is a partier, Ms. Krauss, a homebody. One reason Mr. Miller wanted to work with a female singer after Poison the Well was that he was done with the dynamic of an all-male band: the “macho, testosterone-driven behavior, which I’ve had plenty of,” he said. He labors to make space for her in his creative process but likes to hide behind sunglasses in photos; she relishes the artistic challenge and is comfortable as the center of attention onstage.
For the encore at the Ritz, during “Rill Rill,” Sleigh Bells’ biggest hit, Ms. Krauss swanned backward into the outstretched arms of the audience. They carried her for a few bars and returned her, still singing, to the stage; the tour manager came to help her up. But she pushed him off, hard, and sailed out over the fans again, never losing her place in the crescendo.”