The Raveonettes | In and Out of Control (Vice)

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cd_raveonettes.gifIn and Out of Control is a solid effort by The Raveonettes and one of their best records to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sune and Sharin—together, The Raveonettes—have returned with their fourth studio album, In and Out of Control. It's always a delight when these two hop into the studio together. So will things be any different this time around? Let's find out.

The album opens up with "Bang!" which is quintessential Raveonettes. Thin, fuzzy guitars saturated with reverb bang out chromatic melodies to whimsical vocals and a minimalist drum beat. Sound familiar? It should if you're familiar with any of The Raveonettes' earlier recordings.

"Gone Forever" is next up, a song that starts out reminiscent of earlier Raveonettes tracks (think "Attack of the Ghost Riders"). The chorus shows off the production quality of this new album. On a similar note, the twinkly, electro-pop "Last Dance" kicks in with a big sound. "If this is the last dance then save it for me, baby," sings Sune on the song's charming, pop-heavy chorus.

Three songs in and it's clear that these two have been listening to a lot more Beach Boys than Jesus and Mary Chain. The pop sensibilities are running strong here, and I can dig it.

"Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)" features The Raveonettes' signature harmonized, androgynous vocals to the background of an experimental musical track, while "Heart of Stone" launches us back into up-tempo rock territory.

All right, time to hop into your time machine (or Delorean) and venture back to the 1950s with "Oh, I Buried You Today." Put on your best outfit and hit the dance floor for a slow dance, Back to the Future-style.

"Suicide"—another familiar-sounding Raveonettes tune—kicks things back up a gear. "Lick your lips and fuck suicide," sings Sharin, teasing us with sexual, melancholic imagery. "D.R.U.G.S" is again pulling from earlier Raveonettes songs but is infused with a musical vibe that is '80s in feel. "Breaking Into Cars" keeps us rocking along as the album begins to flow.

An intro of untamed feedback greets us to "Break Up Girls!" a loud, raucous song full of swarming guitars. An ambient fadeout leads us to the album closer "Wine," an appropriately titled, dreamy and intoxicating song.

In and Out of Control is a solid effort by The Raveonettes and one of their best records to date. There aren't a lot of new tricks here, but solid songwriting and nice production makes this an excellent album. Fans of the bands' earlier efforts will hear plenty of familiar things they have come to love, but the saturation of pop may turn off some. As for me, I'm in the mood. A | Christopher Sewell

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