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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 !

Highly Recommended.
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on 9 December 2009
The Raveonettes kicked it up a notch with their third album LUST LUST LUST. And they're back again with the similarly dark-but-infectious IN AND OUT OF CONTROL. At the risk of repeating myself, I'll repeat what I said in an earlier review: "Put a cupful of 1950s rock'n'roll, two tablespoons of 1960s girl group vibes and a sprinkle of new millennium noise pop into a sonic blender and you have the Raveonettes." The echoes of the Shangri-Las are particularly strong in album opener "Bang!" and the catchy "Last Dance." The singalong opportunity diminishes with "Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)." You might agree with the sentiment, but you can't avoid the lyrical awkwardness. Those three minutes aside, the album gets back on track with "Heart of Stone" and the tender "Oh, I Buried You Today." "Breaking Into Cars" is a standout track. "Break Up Girls!" seems to imagine a lost, distorted B-side to "Leader of the Pack." The album closes with the atmospheric and maudlin "Wine," lamenting "Lone/roads/sprinkled/with tears" and a summer that "threw our love away."
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on 21 November 2014
Jointly with The Observator album, In and Out of Control are the two best albums the Raveonettes have produced. Very haunting sounds on both but Heart of Stone stands out as the best track on the album. They are also fantastic live as well.
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on 5 October 2009
When the first track of an album is called `Bang!' you really want it to start with one. Instead the Raveonettes sneak out of the bushes with a smile on their faces and the sugar sweet sounds of this twangy opener. The album in fact is carefully balanced between fuzz and sugar sweet pop throughout. It has just enough energy when needed and just enough variety to keep you interested. Recent single `Last Dance' is a prime example with a thinly chiming piano opening and poppy chorus balanced against a faintly buzzing undertone created by snare drums and smooth bass lines. It is a triumph for restraint and intelligent production. The sugar provides the additional benefit of turning some very dark moments neatly into totally acceptable macabre pop songs. `Boys Who Rape' and `Suicide' are good examples of this. Ultimately it is a strange and intriguing affair carefully balanced between pop beauty and utter twisted madness. It is a triumph of song writing and production in the strangest way possible.
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on 29 January 2010
I bought this CD on a whim, very 60's name and when I played it for the first time I wasn't dissapointed. 'Bang' and 'Last Dance' have made it onto my all time playlist. To me they sound like a mixture of Blondie and Transvission Vamp, Sune Rose Wagner definately reminds me of Debbie Harry and Wendy James in there heyday, looks and voice. Check it out for yourself.
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on 17 February 2011
This is another artist I came across thanks to Rock Band. The band have a deceptive style, interleaving vocal harmonies and upbeat melodies with complex and often dark lyrical matter. Although it was a single that caught my attention, they are prolific and I would recommend this as an example of how they have grown.
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on 30 April 2011
i am a big fan of the Raveonettes and loved Lust Lust Lust,this album has a different type of sound and i am not so keen.The great echoing guitars from Lust are not here.There are some nice songs in sixties,european pop type style but its not really what i wanted from this band.
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on 20 September 2015
Great deal -Many Thanks!
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