Chain Gang Of Love review by The Raveonettes

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  • Released: Aug 25, 2003
  • Sound: 6
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 9.5 (4 votes)
The Raveonettes: Chain Gang Of Love
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Sound — 6
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.

Lyrics — 8
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!

Overall Impression — 8
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!

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