Pretty in Blackby The Raveonettes
These Danes have been the cream of the conceptual crop since emerging from their home country a few years back, armed with fuzzboxes and doctrinaire notions about minimalism -- including the refusal to use more than one key per album. Well, on this disc, they've dropped the shtick (not to mention the distortion), allowing listeners to focus on the songs themselves -- and damned if the tunes aren't even better when presented au naturel! Sune Rose Wagner and Sharrin Foo still draw from the same wellsprings -- girl-group pop, the lighter side of garage-rock -- but songs like the hypnotic "Sleepwalking" and the languid, Les Paul and Mary Fordstyled "The Heavens" show a heretofore untapped maturity. The duo wear the girl-group influence on their collective sleeve with unabashed glee, covering "My Boyfriend's Back" and calling in Ronnie Spector to harmonize on the shimmery, disc-ending "Ode to L.A." The slavishness backfires, however, on "Here Comes Mary," which copies "All I Have to Do Is Dream" so slavishly, you'd think that a Xerox machine was one of Wagner's main instruments. Pretty in Black is balanced enough, however -- rockers like the Moe Tuckerpowered "Red Tan" pressed up against Brill Building folk-poptones like "Uncertain Times" -- that they merit a pass on that, and a thumbs-up for keeping the three-minute hookfest alive in alterna-land.
- Release Date:
- Columbia Europe
Performance CreditsRaveonettes Primary Artist
Martin Rev Keyboards,Multi Instruments,Guest Appearance
Ronnie Spector Vocals,Guest Appearance
Moe Tucker Percussion,Drums,Guest Appearance
Anders Christensen Organ,Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar
Sharin Foo Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Sune Rose Wagner Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Various
Manoj Ramdas Guitar
Jakob Hoyer Percussion,Drums
Stella Psaroudakis Voices,Spoken Word
Technical CreditsJoe Blaney Engineer
Bob Feldman Composer
Jerry Goldstein Composer
Richard Gottehrer Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sune Rose Wagner Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
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"Pretty in Black" is definitely one of the best pop albums I've ever heard. The Raveonettes are superb. They try to create a '50's nostalgic tone, and are actually successful at it. Their songs, mostly in minor, are beautiful, and Wagner's love lyrics are amazing: simple but deeply affecting. I highly recommend this album to anyone, as well as the Raveonettes' two previous albums.
This album is excellent.The raveonettes have superb melodies and lyrics.They sucessfully combine the 50s,60s,and 80s into theirsongs.Each album gets better and this one is certainly their best.