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The Danes Did Good !
on 7 October 2009
I've spent many happy hours this year listening to the
very fine music currently pouring out of Scandinavia.
This perky Danish duo, Sharin Foo (Bass/Vocals) and
Sune Rose Wagner (Guitar/Vocals & Other Stuff) have
turned in a cracking set of confident pop tunes with
their new album 'In and Out Of Control'.
The ghosts of a dozen sixties girl-bands run through it like
a river. They affectionately capture the spirit and energy of
those heady years and bring it crashing back into the noughties
with sprightly skill and sharp-as-a-knife musical acumen.
The song-writing really is very, very good.
Strong melodies, singalong refrains and punchy lyrics.
Look no further than opening track 'Bang!' for the full
flavour of what simple magic it is possible to create from
relatively modest resources if you have talent and imagination.
'Last Dance' is a tiny piece of pop heaven with a killer chorus.
(I've lost count of the number of times I've played it today!)
The edgy narrative of 'Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)' looks
darkness squarely in the face and states its case without flinching.
'Heart Of Stone' is another song which sounds like it dropped out of
the sky from another time. West Coast 60's California comes to mind.
'Oh, I Buried You Today' is a wonderfully macabre composition.
A small poisoned apple of a song.
Here and gone in not much more than a minute.
'Break Up Girls!' is a rampaging cacophony of blistering feedback
and raw passion. The perky melody which eventually emerges from the
mayhem is almost charming in comparison. A strong and convincing idea.
Saving the best until last, final track 'Wine' delivers a haunting
and elusively satisfying conclusion. Simply beautiful in fact.
The Raveonettes have found another fan !