Under Review: The Raveonettes – In And Out Of Control

No one can fault The Raveonettes for having a distinct sound.  No, it might not be totally original, but the Danes are well aware of that (I mean, have you checked out their name recently?).  For their latest album, In And Out Of Control, Sune and Sharin shuffle their past albums’ variations to come up with a solid, confident record.  Though not as paralyzingly noisy as Lust Lust Lust, the disc isn’t the major-label gloss of Pretty In Black, either.  In this middle ground the duo has found its comfortable home.  It may be a little late, but opener “Bang!” makes for a great summer beach jam.  Actually, Control is, on the whole, musically brighter than some of The Raveonettes’ earlier, minor-key records.  The shimmer continues into “Last Dance,” which recycles the chimes from Lust Lust Lust’s “Dead Sound.”  Unlike that album, there are some more natural instruments to be found on Control: live drums (likely courtesy of Sune or Sharin themselves) and bass guitar make for a subtle yet noticeable change.  Lyrically, the dark humor and prom-night laments return and are best played out in “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)” and “Break Up Girls!,” which also happens the set’s noisiest track.  The double-guitar attack is, as usual, mirrored on nearly every song by the duo’s harmonies.  “Heart Of Stone,” “Suicide” and “Breaking Into Cars” feature harmonies so close, they could be mistaken for double-tracks.  Before releasing In And Out Of Control, Sune and Sharin posted demos of the tunes to their Twitter account, something that The Jesus And Mary Chain and The Ronettes (so far) have yet to do.  They might long for the pop days of yore, but with songs as fresh as the ones on In And Out Of Control, The Raveonettes are undoubtedly modern music makers.

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~ by E. on October 7, 2009.

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