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Friday, January 10, 2003

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CD REVIEW: The Raveonettes
Whip it out!

The Raveonettes
Whip it On
Crunchy Frog



Rundown: Based in Denmark, The Raveonettes are the latest addition to the garage rock genre. With brooding vocals backed by a growling wall of guitars, The Raveonettes' music offers some sincere originality. Each song on the album is written in the key of B flat, and uses only three chords.

Key Tracks: With songs like "Attack of the Ghost Riders," the band clearly wears its heart on its sleeve. Written while the band was touring the United States, the song has a very underground feel. The simple vocals are a good contrast to the catchy buzz-saw guitar. "Do You Believe Her?" continues this feel. Backed by a driving drum and guitar section, the song is rock 'n' roll straight out of CBGB's in New York.

Sounds Like: Whip It On is definitely a throwback to a simpler age of rock music. The Raveonettes have all the rock of the White Stripes with none of the pop of The Strokes. Inspired by Kerouac-ian travels, all the music was written spontaneously and recorded in one take. The Raveonettes represent a fresh creative spirit, which has been lacking in modern rock.

–Steve Pizzale

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