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Best wall of sound of the 00's.

If the Jesus and Mary Chain, Mazzy Star, and Phil Spector had a child... it would be The Raveonettes. This is a hard torch to carry and understandably comes with alot of scrutiny and critisism. Yet, the Raveonettes pull it off. This record is less like Lust, Lust, Lust and more like their fist 2 records that had more of the JAMC/Alan Moulder-produced influence. While I like Lust Lust Lust and Pretty in Black..those 2 records are essentially The Ronettes tribute albums, Ronnie Spector even makes an appearance on Lust Lust Lust!!! However, these 3 records (Whip it On, Chain Gang of Love, and Beauty Dies) are easily my favorite and I believe truly shows the more edgier and experimental prone side of the band. I was very happy to hear the Raveonettes return to this sound for this EP after the last 2 records. Classic stuff for the shoe gazing ages.


One wonders how Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo found time to sleep in 2008. Three years after the release of their previous LP, the uncharacteristically heavily-produced Pretty In Black, the Raveonettes not only released another LP, Lust Lust Lust, but also three four-song EPs (Sometimes They Drop By, Beauty Dies, and Wishing You a Rave Christmas) - along with a tour, of course. What's more remarkable, however, are two revelations: first, that the quality of all of these releases didn't suffer from the quantity; and secondly that each release made use of the best parts of the Raveonettes palette to create a distinctive and cohesive work. As strong as each of these efforts were, however, Beauty Dies is the most consistently satisfying. Black/White, with its haunting Chis Do video, was the most promoted track, and it's not hard to see why - it's the Raveonettes at their most beautifully gothic, breathy harmonizing vocals over a spare percussion, begging to played only after nightfall. Even so, it's arguably not even the strongest song. "Here Comes the End" and "The Thief" showcase Wagner's guitar without surrendering to it, riding over a pulsing rhythm and the trademark Raves' feedback. The standout track, however, is "Young and Beautiful," channeling all of the band's 80's influences, recalling not only Jesus & Mary Chain but more than a little Psychedelic Furs. It's the indispensable pick - but you'll be cheating yourself if you don't ante up the extra three bucks for the whole thing. You won't be sorry you did - only that Beauty Dies is so short.

for black/white

the rest of the album is good, but black/white has got to be one of their best! ..sweet, murky, layers, yeah.


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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