Raveonettes

In And Out Of Control (Vice)


Rating: NNNN


The Raveonettes don’t seem concerned in the least about the Jesus and Mary Chain comparisons that invariably come up in reviews. On their fourth full-length album, they still mine that Phil-Spector-buried-in-distortion equation for all it’s worth. However, whereas their last offering, Lust Lust Lust, mirrored the caustic feedback-drenched mood of JAMC’s debut disc, Psychocandy, this one is more along the lines of Automatic: fuzzed-out and morbid, but sanitized enough not to make your ears feel like they’re about to bleed.

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If you’re worried that this means they’ve sold out, the controversial track Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed) should ease those fears. Yes, the melodies are all bubble-gum lightness, but don’t worry, Raveonettes are still very dark and won’t be making inroads into top-40 radio any time soon.

Top track: Oh, I Buried You Today

Raveonettes play the Phoenix October 22.

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