Chain Gang Of Love Review

artist: raveonettes date: 12/02/2004 category: compact discs
raveonettes: Chain Gang Of Love
Released: Aug 25, 2003
Genre: Rock
Styles: Noise Pop, Indie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 13
The Chain Gang Of Love is far more glossy and layered in melodies compared to Whip It On's gray-colored coolness.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 8.9 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.3 
 Users rating:
 9.5 
 Votes:
 4 
reviews (2) user comments vote for this album:
overall: 7.3
Chain Gang Of Love Reviewed by: Ababil_Albarn, on september 29, 2004
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Sound: At the center of The Raveonettes musical universe lies a boy, a girl, and a drum machine; and time seems to stop during the 1950s. Yes, if there was ever a 50s revivalist band this would be it. Borrowing their sounds from anything pre-Beatles, The Raveonettes offer a delightful mix of 50s rock and roll, early 60s pop, and a whole lotta noise and feedback (Sonic Youth inspired no doubt). The guitar work of Sune Rose Wagner and the almost exclusively overdriven bass work of Sharin Foo all complement each other very well, but it is a shame that the drums are as monotonus as they are... in fact the whole album sounds like a single song; that's probably because out of the infinate wisdom of the brain of Wagner, all the songs are written in Bb Major! Now as to the songs themselves, The Raveonettes have accomplished plenty considering their romantic take on songwriting and extremly limited influances. From the bluezy "Remember" and "Love Can Destroy Everything" to the punk romps of "That Great Love Sound" and "New York Was Great" the songs and arrangment seem half-baked and not fully realized but if taken unseriously it's a fresh experiance from top to bottom but probably not the second time. // 6

Lyrics: Wagners lyrics range from dull, "I'm a jailbird baby/Cause I'm in love with you, " from the title track, to atrocious, "My girl is a little animal/She always wants to fuck, " from "Little Animal", and nothing in between the spectrum. Lyrics are definatly NOT the talking point of this album. Now the vocal performances themselves are a delight to indlulge in. The Wagner/Foo boy/girl harmonies are the best I've heard since pop records that have been made in the 70s, and with none of the mushy subject matter to boot! Great performances! // 8

Overall Impression: The Raveonettes have delivered of what can't be described as anything else but a novelty pop/rock record but in its genre it's the number one ever in the 21st century so far (beating out Liam Lynch's "Fake Songs" and Afroman's I-got-high record). The obvious highlight (singular) is the lead single "That Great Love Sound" while others just come out flat in comparison with each other but with other novelty pop songs, they rule! // 8

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overall: 9.3
Chain Gang Of Love Reviewed by: unregistered, on december 02, 2004
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Sound: The Raveonettes are one of the better bands around now, with their huge sound and catchy riffs. The Raveonettes employ a fuzzed out guitar throughout the album which is very catchy, and yet at the sae time the bass, drums and other assorted effects can be easily heard through the guitar sound. There are some very unique and quite good songs on this album, of which "Chain Gang Of Love" is the best by far with its interesting cricket sounds in the intro to its wavering guitar and soaring lyrics. This alternative rock sound is amazing, and I've never heard anything quite like it. This music is very original in its use of noise for the sake of noise, and as a measure of its catchy riffs it is being used in a commercial for jeans, which although selling out a little bit it distributes this music to the masses. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics on Chain Gang Of Love are very hip and original, they range from songs about sex and love to describing a trip to NY. The lyrics are upbeat and are relevant to the music since the music in general is upbeat and pumps you up. The vocalist has a great voice for this type of music, being not as gritty as the Strokes or Jack White, yet not as melodic as some. Overall the lyrics are great and while not poetry are very catchy and work well with the guitar sound that they have going. // 8

Overall Impression: This album is a great debut for the band, and while not acheiving huge commercial success, set them up for follow up works. The album is on par with The White Stripes latest work, and the Strokes debut, which are also excellent albums. The reason this album is as good as the other two mentioned is its originality, the layout and sound of the songs sounds nothing like the manufactured tried and true singles that you hear now a day on rock radio, but they come strait from the heart and the dirty guitar backs up this feeling with unmatched intensity. Remember, The Love Gang and the title track are the best song because they are hard rocking songs with a huge sound which is combined with great lyrics. My recommendation is sample the title track on itunes or some similar program and if you like it go out and buy this cd because you either love it or hate it. // 10

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