Raven in the Grave

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After two great albums that redefined and nearly perfected their noisy girl group and razorblades wall of sound, the Raveonettes switch things up on their fifth album, Raven in the Grave. In keeping with the title, the album trades out the fizzy, candy-sweet element of their songs and sound for something darker and gloomier. Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo took over the production themselves, and more than building a sound, built a lingering mood of melancholy and sadness that pervades the entire album. It's not a forbidding or cold sound since the duo still has melodies so hooky that even a blanket of gray mist can't cover them up. The arrangements are more enveloping than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After two great albums that redefined and nearly perfected their noisy girl group and razorblades wall of sound, the Raveonettes switch things up on their fifth album, Raven in the Grave. In keeping with the title, the album trades out the fizzy, candy-sweet element of their songs and sound for something darker and gloomier. Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo took over the production themselves, and more than building a sound, built a lingering mood of melancholy and sadness that pervades the entire album. It's not a forbidding or cold sound since the duo still has melodies so hooky that even a blanket of gray mist can't cover them up. The arrangements are more enveloping than usual, with the fuzzy walls of guitars replaced by waves of synths on most of the songs. There are still plenty of guitars on the record but they are less prominent and Wagner takes more care to fit lines and parts together rather than just stacking them together. It's an approach that could have failed and sucked the energy and fire out of the group -- somehow they sound even more alive and emotional. The uptempo songs sound ferocious: "Recharge & Revolt" rides a galloping beat and an impassioned Wagner vocal over waves of guitar and synth; "Evil Seeds" has a pummeling beat and quite effective loud/quiet dynamics. Both songs dispense with traditional choruses and build their hooks out of repetition and dramatic chord changes. "Ignite," though, is more traditionally Raveonettes with a singalong chorus and pretty vocal harmonies from Wagner and Foo. Most of the record is made up of very effective midtempo ballads that cut the sonic firepower and ramp up the emotion. On these songs, Foo's vocals are the most haunting she's sung yet, the synths and guitars blend seamlessly, and the mood reaches out to hold you like a giant warm blanket. Sometimes sounding like the band at a haunted prom ("My Time's Up"), sometimes like they're playing slow dances at a vampire wedding ("Let Me on Out"), there is a fragile beauty and honesty to the songs that the band has never quite delivered before. Even the one song that verges on clich├ęd overkill ("Apparitions") saves itself by being as musically desolate as the tortured words. So many times when a band makes a dramatic departure in sound, you can trace it back to commercial concerns or a wild flailing born of desperation. Here the choices and changes the Raveonettes make feel completely organic and like a progression more than a departure. It's almost like they had this record in them all along -- they just needed to slow down and dig a little deeper to find it. Raven in the Grave may not be what you expected going in, but by the time it's through the powerful emotions transmitted through the words, voices, and sound will win you over completely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Vice
  • UPC: 883888002423
  • Catalog Number: 80024
  • Sales rank: 75,663

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Recharge & Revolt (5:23)
  2. 2 War In Heaven (4:42)
  3. 3 Forget That You're Young (3:57)
  4. 4 Apparitions (3:55)
  5. 5 Summer Moon (3:04)
  6. 6 Let Me On Out (2:36)
  7. 7 Ignite (3:05)
  8. 8 Evil Seeds (4:17)
  9. 9 My Time's Up (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Raveonettes Primary Artist
Sharin Foo Group Member
Sune Rose Wagner Group Member
Technical Credits
Justin Smith Vocal Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
The Raveonettes Producer
Sune Rose Wagner Composer, Engineer
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Alonzo Vargas Vocal Editing
Russ Smith Art Direction
Alexander Chow Art Direction
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  • Posted May 6, 2012

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    On The Edge Of Terminal Sadness

    You would think The Ravenoettes, who have made a career of tuneful shoegazing sadness, couldn't possibly get any sadder. "Raven In The Grave" pretty much tell us, "Yes, it can get sadder."

    Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo have scaled down to a duo these days and this is also reflected in their music. The guitars still have that twangy sound. Their harmonies are like The Beach Boys on downers. But their white noise style is toned down a bit and Foo's vocals in particular sound more delicate. One may find the sense of lonliness on this record a bit startling, even for a band that once did an album called "Pretty In Black".

    "War In Heaven" gives the listener a good idea of where this album is headed---spare sounding, minimal and yet, quite compelling. The same could be said about "Summer Moon" or "Apparitions". Still, even when the group brings out its dense lyricism or sound---like it does on the killer opener, "Recharge & Revolt"---you get the feeling this is not your typical Raveonettes album.

    As brilliant as "Raven In The Grave" is, one may also want to check out their recent 4-song EP, "Into The Night". Here, the group continues its sparse lyricism and expansive romanticism. But it's also more tuneful and full of catchy Sixties-style girl group harmonies, particularly "Night Comes Out" and "Too Close To Heartbeat". It's also much louder than anything on "Raven In The Grave".

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