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The Raveonettes: Whip It On

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (3/28/03, p.69) - "...Their intriguing combo of cranky fuzz and plaintive melody is as easily taken for a salute to '60s transistor-radio pop as for Jesus And Mary Chain worship..." - Rating: B

Uncut (3/03, p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[They] come on like a rockabilly Jesus And Mary Chain..."

CMJ (11/25/02, p.6) - "...The kind of exhilaratingly noirish trip into the seedier side of life we all secretly dream of. Come get your fix..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.99) - "...Triumphant for its superior tunes and trend-buckingly post-'65 production....This band could, and should, go mega. Rave on, indeed..."

Album Notes

The Raveonettes: Sune Rose Wagner, Sharin Foo.

Danish duo the Raveonettes strike a slick pose on their debut EP, Whip It On. It's a slinky post-punk mix recorded entirely in B-flat minor while each song thrives on only three chords. Minimalist and stylish, Whip It On doesn't go for the grandiosity of the Strokes and the White Stripes. The Raveonettes are ambitious in their own way, and it works brilliantly. Debut single "Attack of the Ghost Riders" glides with an extraterrestrial flair, Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner's wispy vocals surfing along momentous percussion. The high-speed garage-y "Do You Believe Her" shimmies with a darker posture, but that's exactly what the Raveonettes are going for. Whip It On is basically a soundtrack album, a film noir storybook of eight solid tracks blazing with attitude. "Cops on Our Tail" is nonchalant in a vexed moment, but never cavalier. Whip It On is a decent look at what the Raveonettes are capable of, certainly an honest effort, but more impressive in the sense that they're rock & roll antagonists. ~ MacKenzie Wilson


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