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|The Raveonettes||Primary Artist|
|Sharin Foo||Group Member|
|Sune Rose Wagner||Group Member|
|Justin Smith||Vocal Engineer|
|Sune Rose Wagner||Composer, Engineer|
|Alonzo Vargas||Vocal Editing|
|Russ Smith||Art Direction|
|Alexander Chow||Art Direction|
Posted May 6, 2012
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".