Sunday, 9 December 2007

Album Review - The Raveonettes 'Lust Lust Lust' - Noize Makes Enemies

“I fell out of Heaven to be with you in Hell” is an example of the dark, rather sinister lyrics that The Raveonettes provide on their third album “Lust Lust Lust”. When sung by the beautiful and soft vocals from Sune Rose Wagner and Sharen Foo, a fierce and effective juxtaposition leers from below the murky waters where the music lies.

The Raveonettes’ effortless musical style reminds of Metric in their approach to music but not in a way that it appears copied or unoriginal; instead it is a signature style that is to be loved or to be hated with each song covered in a film of white noise.

The juxtaposing aspect of the music production extends into the songs on the album. Whilst opening track ‘Aly, Walk with Me’ is mellow and dark and foreboding enough to be a nineties Garbage production, Wagner and Foo manage to use this same formula to conjure love songs that have an upbeat approach that create other songs that have a perhaps surprising toe-tapping quality. ‘You Want the Candy’ is something perhaps a darker version of The Pipettes would have written if they had of spent their school years disliking their parents and purchasing Emily the Strange merchandise. Likewise, ‘The Beat Dies’ reveals “I’m in love” to provide a softness to the already varied album.

Each song is barely over three minutes and whilst certain songs such as “Lust Lust Lust”, the band’s first release from the album, leave you feeling that you could have continued listening, others, such as the murky and unsatisfied ‘Expelled from Love’ find you relieved that the CD has moved on.

Yet, The Raveonettes “Lust Lust Lust’ is an album that’s schizophrenic nature makes it almost beautiful. Maybe it is the soft Emily Haines-esque vocals of the band or the blurred and confused sound that acts as a paradox to this but the combination create an almost three-dimensional sounding album that it is impossible not to submerge yourself within.

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