Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.110) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"
Rolling Stone (9/18/03, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...One of the most delicious thrills that rock & roll has delivered this year: thirteen songs of love, heartbreak and erotic ambition set to cavernous guitar feedback and drums that throb like Ronnie Spector's hips..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/5/03, pp.74-5) - "...The beauty is in the concision and seamlessness..." - Rating: B+
Alternative Press (9/03, p.116) - 4 out of 5 - "...A miasma of retro cool....Bewitching..."
CMJ (9/8/03, p.4) - "...Plenty of fuzz and distortion [and] big bang and twang. It's short and sweet..."
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
The Raveonettes: Sune Rose Wagner (vocals, guitar); Sharin Foo (vocals, bass).
Additional personnel: Manoj Ramdas (guitar); Jakob Hoyer (drums).
Producers: Richard Gotteher, Sune Rose Wagner.
Recorded at Suna Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark and The Looking Glass Studio, New York, New York.
Channeling the strangely simpatico combination of Buddy Holly and the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Raveonettes have become masters of their own feedback-soaked pop in the space of one EP and this album, CHAIN GANG OF LOVE. Comprised of core members Sune Rose Wagner (vocals, guitar) and Sharin Foo (vocals, bass), this Danish group revels in quick, catchy ditties that will have you dancing around your living room in three minutes or less.
While their EP focused on dark, minor-key tracks such as "Attack of the Ghost Riders" and "Bowels of the Beast," their first full-length outing revels in melodic rock & roll and the up and downs of love, with songs such as "That Great Love Sound," "Let's Rave On," and "Love Can Destroy Everything." And in working with Blondie producer Richard Gottehrer, Wagner and Foo's sonic template shows evidence of expansion within their Scandinavian minimalist style, a promising sign of even greater sounds to come.