Tuesday 19 April 2011

The Raveonettes - Raven In The Grave

Album review by KevW

This article also appears on http://www.soundsxp.com/

With so many bands currently using the twisted-girl-group-covered-in-layers-of-lo-fi-fuzz template, the timing is perfect for The Raveonettes to return with a stone cold classic and show the newbies how it's done, cementing their status as king and queen of the scene.

Raven In The Grave gets off to a flyer with current single 'Recharge & Revolt' - The Raveonettes by numbers it may be, but it shows why people still care a decade later when so many others have fallen by the wayside. The next track sees the Danes threatening a 'War In Heaven' - “I hate it when they forget to let people in...”
A slight departure from their usual territory comes in the shape of the supreme 'Forget That You're Young'. More downbeat than usual, it could be the best song here.

The mid-section of the album is similarly low-key but represents a dip in tempo rather than quality. Casual fans expecting the rush of previous albums may be left reaching for the skip button. More fool them for missing out on the beautiful-yet-dark 'Let Me On Out'. Things burst into life once more with the aptly titled 'Ignite' (surely a future single) and 'Evil Seeds', before the apocalyptic lullaby 'My Time's Up' wraps things up in a suitably haunting manner.

Not quite the career defining moment that could have sealed their status as legends of the scene, but another superb realization of what so many others are trying to do, and proof that they're still the masters of this field.

Free download: Forget That You're Young

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