Pretty in Black

Pretty in Black

by The RaveonettesThe Raveonettes


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These Danes have been the cream of the conceptual crop since emerging from their home country a few years back, armed with fuzzboxes and doctrinaire notions about minimalism -- including the refusal to use more than one key per album. Well, on this disc, they've dropped the shtick (not to mention the distortion), allowing listeners to focus on the songs themselves -- and damned if the tunes aren't even better when presented au naturel! Sune Rose Wagner and Sharrin Foo still draw from the same wellsprings -- girl-group pop, the lighter side of garage-rock -- but songs like the hypnotic "Sleepwalking" and the languid, Les Paul and Mary Ford–styled "The Heavens" show a heretofore untapped maturity. The duo wear the girl-group influence on their collective sleeve with unabashed glee, covering "My Boyfriend's Back" and calling in Ronnie Spector to harmonize on the shimmery, disc-ending "Ode to L.A." The slavishness backfires, however, on "Here Comes Mary," which copies "All I Have to Do Is Dream" so slavishly, you'd think that a Xerox machine was one of Wagner's main instruments. Pretty in Black is balanced enough, however -- rockers like the Moe Tucker–powered "Red Tan" pressed up against Brill Building folk-poptones like "Uncertain Times" -- that they merit a pass on that, and a thumbs-up for keeping the three-minute hookfest alive in alterna-land.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969287521
catalogNumber: 92875
Rank: 52191

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raveonettes   Primary Artist
Martin Rev   Keyboards,Multi Instruments,Guest Appearance
Ronnie Spector   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Moe Tucker   Percussion,Drums,Guest Appearance
Anders Christensen   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar
Sharin Foo   Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Sune Rose Wagner   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Various
Manoj Ramdas   Guitar
Jakob Hoyer   Percussion,Drums
Stella Psaroudakis   Voices,Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Joe Blaney   Engineer
Bob Feldman   Composer
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sune Rose Wagner   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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