The Chain Gang of Love

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With their debut EP, this Danish duo asked the question, What if Les Paul and Mary Ford arranged a jam session with the Jesus & Mary Chain? With that query answered most satisfactorily, they spring off in several different directions on their full-length bow, going so far as to add the key of B-flat Major to the monochromatic B-flat Minor of Whip It On. Guitarist Sune Rose Wagner maintains a cool detachment that adds an elegiac quality to "Heartbreak Stroll," a tambourine-flecked make-out ditty that'd likely make Phil Spector drop the shades for a moment or two. Part of the credit for the buzz that, literally and figuratively, sparks from the speakers here has to ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
With their debut EP, this Danish duo asked the question, What if Les Paul and Mary Ford arranged a jam session with the Jesus & Mary Chain? With that query answered most satisfactorily, they spring off in several different directions on their full-length bow, going so far as to add the key of B-flat Major to the monochromatic B-flat Minor of Whip It On. Guitarist Sune Rose Wagner maintains a cool detachment that adds an elegiac quality to "Heartbreak Stroll," a tambourine-flecked make-out ditty that'd likely make Phil Spector drop the shades for a moment or two. Part of the credit for the buzz that, literally and figuratively, sparks from the speakers here has to go to producer Richard Gottherer, who creates a mini-wall of sound that's both sweetly spangled the candy-colored "Noisy Summer" and convincingly foreboding "Let's Rave On," a theme song of sorts that goes a long way towards putting the "X" back in sex. Wagner's partner in crime is a sleek Nordic Shangri-La, Sharin Foo, who's capable of capturing a heart the seductive "Remember" and then slicing said heart to ribbons at will the bust-up ballad "The Truth About Johnny". Cotton candy's spun-sugar tease chased by prime vodka's kick -- who could ask for more?
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Raveonettes barely gave listeners a glimpse of their cinematic brilliance with their Whip It On EP. One listen to their first studio full-length, The Chain Gang of Love, and you'll know it immediately. The crash and charm of this 13-song set exceeds any kind of glorious expectations laid out at the beginning, and the Raveonettes probably want it that way. Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo go for a much bigger sound this time around. The Chain Gang of Love is far more glossy and layered in melodies compared to Whip It On's gray-colored coolness. Having legendary producer Richard Gottehrer Blondie, Marshall Crenshaw, the Go-Go's at the helm doesn't hurt either, for he captures the Raveonettes' true pop essence with style. Forget those rules of keeping it to three chords recorded in B-flat minor. The Raveonettes indulge themselves in the finer elements of mid-'80s post-punk
oise pop think Jesus & Mary Chain and combine it with sheer pop melodies of the '50 and '60s for a sexy rock & roll picture show. From the fantastic pop jaunt of "The Great Love Sound" to the pulsating rockabilly blend of "Let's Rave On" and "Heartbreak Stroll," The Chain Gang of Love finds the Danish duo embracing influences of the past, but the Raveonettes tweak things ever so slightly to make them their own. The Chain Gang of Love isn't suffocated in garage rock fashion alone, either. Foo and Wagner's low vocals may hint at such a display, but overall their smooth pop presentation won't be pigeonholed. The Raveonettes, more or less, honor great pop moments of yesteryear, in hopes of positioning themselves and the rock scene in general for something grand later on.
Rolling Stone - Joe Levy
One of the most delicious thrills that rock & roll has delivered this year.
Blender - Tony Power
Chain Gang of Love promises racy thrills -- and delivers them.

One of the most delicious thrills that rock & roll has delivered this year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969035320
  • Catalog Number: 90353

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Raveonettes Primary Artist
Sharin Foo Bass, Vocals
Sune Rose Wagner Guitar, Vocals
Manoj Ramdas Guitar
Jakob Hoyer Drums
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Richard Gottehrer Composer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Sune Rose Wagner Composer, Engineer
Jakob Tranberg Art Direction
Maiken Rose Wagner Collage
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