Beauty Dies - EP
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||Young and Beautiful||The Raveonettes||3:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Black/White||The Raveonettes||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Thief||The Raveonettes||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Here Comes the End||The Raveonettes||4:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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.
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
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by The Raveonettes
||The Christmas Song||The Christmas Song - Single||2:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dead Sound||Lust Lust Lust (Bonus Track Version)||3:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Aly, Walk With Me||Lust Lust Lust (Bonus Track Version)||4:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Last Dance||In and Out of Control (Bonus Track Version)||3:47||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Love In a Trashcan||Pretty In Black||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Black/White||Beauty Dies - EP||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lust||Lust Lust Lust (Bonus Track Version)||3:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Come On Santa||Wishing You a Rave Christmas - EP||3:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Forget That You're Young||Raven In the Grave (Bonus Version)||3:57||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Recharge & Revolt||Raven In the Grave (Bonus Version)||5:23||$1.29||View In iTunes|