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Album Review

The Raveonettes fourth album, In and Out of Control, marks another change in direction for the band, though it's much less noticeable than the shift between the glossy, overproduced Pretty in Black and the raw, noisy, and self-produced Lust Lust Lust. This time out, the duo of Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner decided to record in a studio again, and enlisted the production and songwriting skills of Thomas Troelsen, who's worked with a diverse roster of artists that ranges from Junior Senior to Aqua, to his own excellent groups Private and Superheroes. Anyone fearing a return to the slick sounds that almost ruined the band will be glad to know that while there is more variety and a definite pop feel to the album, there is also plenty of noise and raw power to go around. The subject matter of the lyrics is totally Raveonettes too, touching on "suicide," rape, sadistic girls, heartbreak — all providing the requisite levels of general malevolence one would expect. What the band and Troelsen do on the album is take the basic noise-plus-melody template that forms the band's core and give it a tweak here and there. Some sunny glockenspiel on "Last Dance," some electronic sound manipulation on "Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed"), and clunky new wave drums on "Breaking into Cars" are some of the touches that brighten things up without diluting the band's intrinsic strengths. In general, the tightly arranged songs and use of different sounds from song to song make it perhaps the most listenable album of their career. It has some of their hookiest songs ("Last Dance," "Suicide," "Bang!"), some of their most ferocious sounding songs ("Break Up Girls!") and their toughest ("Boys Who Rape"), a couple of very pretty ballads ("Oh, I Buried You Today" and "Wine"), and no missteps. Thanks to the production, the performances, and the songs, the Raveonettes have delivered on the renewed promise of Lust Lust Lust and made a very good, almost great, noise-pop album. [A limited-edition version was also released.]

Customer Reviews

Sharin姉さんが美しすぎる。

デンマーク出身の男女デュオの4thアルバム。ジザメリよろしくなサウンドは今作も勿論健在です。
ただ前作と比べると全体的にポップになったというか、先行シングル含めかなりキャッチーな曲が多いです。
それ故、印象として軽く感じてしまう人もいるかもしれませんね。自分はかなりツボってますが・・・。

ちなみに先行のLast Danceはこれからの季節ピッタリの超名曲ですよね。

今回も予想外

The Jesus & Mary Chainの3rdがそうだったように、ギターノイズが大幅に減った。
シューゲイズ丸だしで盛大にノイズが乗った曲は"Break Up Girls!"ぐらい。
今までのThe Raveonettesからノイズを引いたら甘ったるいメロディだけになる筈が、このバンドそう簡単に予想通り事を運んでくれない。曲調はポップでキャッチーながら、サウンドはむしろ荘厳ですらある。
メロディが明瞭になったのは確かだが、ずーっと遠くの方で鳴ってる感じ。エコーもリパーブも盛大にかかっているので、余計にそう感じる。
これを「奥行きがあるサウンド」とはちょっと形容できない。奥しかないから。
で、それが悪いのかといえば、全く逆。もうカッコいいとしか言えない。
中にはDip in The Poolを彷彿とさせるところ(Sharin Fooのヴォーカルスタイルとか)もあり、個人的にはかなり嵌まった。
それにしても、よくも毎回コンセプトを変えながらこれだけのクオリティを保てるものだ。
脱帽。お勧めです。是非聴いて!

もっぱらヘビーローテーションです

このアルバムを聴いたときに、生まれて初めて洋楽のロックを聴いた時と同じような衝撃を受けました。
50年代・60年代のロックンロールに新しい要素を加えたような音に病み付きになってます。

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Combining the noisy swells of the Jesus and Mary Chain with melodic elements of '50s rock & roll, the Raveonettes formed in Copenhagen during 2001. Guitarist Sune Rose Wagner had tried assembling a band for several years, traveling between New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and an island outside of Seattle in his search for like-minded musicians. A longtime fan of Bob Dylan, he also prized the songwriting of Buddy Holly, the harmonies of the Everly Brothers, and the guitar work of Mark Knopfler,...
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