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Title - ‘Whip It On’ (Columbia)
Artist - The Raveonettes
The tendency upon first hearing the Raveonettes is to immediately compare them to such bygone acts as Jesus & Mary Chain and X, and other even newer bands such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; and this comparison is justified. While this duo is certainly in this lineage, they can hardly be accused of being unoriginal though. These two manage to create a dark, brooding, yet dancy style that is all their own, while paying tribute to those before them. Everything from the guitars drowning in feedback to the droning vocals, even to the cover, which seems like something out of a 50's sci-fi film, has been done before. But they manage to avoid the pitfalls of mediocrity by taking all these elements and making them their own - this does not feel like a first album. They are very comfortable in their niche. If you are a fan of the bands mentioned above, this album is well worth the $, and you can feel comfortable in listening to it without the feel of recycled material!
Sarah Hickson





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