Raveonettes: Chain Gang of Love
By: Blair Bryant
They're back. . . and
this time they're making sure everyone will now know who they are.
Returning rather suddenly with their second release Chain Gang
of Love, it is safe to say Danish rockers The
Raveonettes have rounded out their sound. For those who are
unfamiliar with the garage duo, now is a good time to start listening.
And for those who have been Raveonette fans since their debut Whip
It On will be very much satisfied.
Comprised of Sune Rose
Wagner and Sharin Foo, this garage duo has a defined style of their
own, although strikingly similar to that of The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Wagner and Foo turn things up a notch with a newly polished sound
in which they had yet to fully develop on their debut. Not only
have The Raveonettes found their niche musically, they've also established
themselves well enough to stand out as artists. Tackling the recording
process at a different angle this time around, Chain Gang of
Love was recorded in B Major, as compared to the B Minor sound
of Whip It On, Chain Gang sticks to a theme of love
but covers different aspects of it, such as the romantic, erotic,
and deceptive aspects of love. That Great Love Sound is the
very catchy and upbeat first single from their sophomore effort,
which showcases how much they have evolved as artists. Unlike Whip
It On, the vocals are much clearer and the drowning out of them
by heavy guitar playing is few and far between. Love Can Destroy
Everything tells of the pitfalls of love, although ironically
giving one the feel of a 1950's nostalgic back-seat make-out session.
Both Little Animal and Untamed Girls reverses stereotypes
of the aggressive guy/shy girl by their lyrics and even the titles
alone. The title track, Chain Gang of Love, rounds out not
only the album theme itself, but refined sound of The Raveonettes
in general--- but this time, it's mellow. The Truth About Johnny,
another laid-back track, gives more of a 1950's doo-wop vibe which
showcases both the smoky vocals and bass and guitar skills of Foo
and Wagner respectively.
In a nutshell, The Raveonettes
definitely have created something that they should be proud to call
their own. Their 1960's B-movie sound, infused with the sexual whip-appeal
style of garage music, is definitely what makes this dynamic duo
stand out. Arriving into the music scene with the likes of the White
Stripes, Interpol, and Hot Hot Heat, The Raveonettes are definitely
a force to be reckoned with in which their sound is bound to be
enjoyed for months, and even years, on end.