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|The Raveonettes||Primary Artist|
|Sharin Foo||Group Member|
|Sune Rose Wagner||Group Member|
|Sune Rose Wagner||Composer, Producer, Engineer|
Posted September 16, 2012
It's a shame that The Raveonettes aren't as well known as they should be. They started out being a noise pop band in a Jesus And Mary Chain vein with a leaning towards Fifties-style romanticism and melodicism. They haven't completely steered away from that formula and they've been together for well over a decade. Their output has also been consistently good, even when they do the occassional EPs, such as a collection of Christmas songs (!) and "Into The Night", which they did just a few months ago.
"Observator" could very well be their catchiest and most hypnotic recording. One of the reasons for that is because the group is stripped down to just Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, who play all the instruments. Another reason is because of their on-again, off-again collaborations with producer Richard Gottherer, who wrote and produced girl groups in the 1960's and later, The Go-Go's. On "Observator", The Raveonettes' influences are all over the place and it's obvious from the opening tune, "Young And Cold". With its desolate piano and barely-there guitar feedback, it has the tunefulness of The Everly Brothers with the rootsiness of Jack White's "Blunderbuss". There are even hip-hop rhythms that crop up as well as occasional Sonic Youth-style feedback. And the group can't resist doing a yearning, girl group throwback with "She Owns The Streets".
Compared to the almost overpowering gloominess of last year's "Raven In The Grave", "Observator" holds your attention from the beginning to the end. Don't let the blurry, black-and-white cover photo throw you off. The Raveonettes' sound (and intentions) are clear as a bell. They're not too many performers you can say that about today.
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