michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — THE RAVEONETTES

In album review on 03/22/2011 at 9:48 am

THE RAVEONETTES

Raven in the Grave

(Vice)

This Danish duo has been putting out records of fuzzy dreampop at two-year intervals since 2003. Their fifth album doesn’t break the pattern. They still sound like a cross between the Ronettes and the Jesus and Mary Chain, and they still load their songs with enough echo and distortion to cover a wall of sound. There’s more of a New Wave element to Raven in the Grave than on previous albums, with soaring synths guiding songs like “Recharge & Revolt” and “War In Heaven,” and the emphasis is mostly on melodies, not moods. But there’s little here to distinguish this Raveonettes record from the ones they put out in 2009 or 2007. Or 2005, for that matter.

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