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Vinyl LP pressing. 2012 album from the Dannish Alt-Rock duo. Throughout their impressive career, The Raveonettes have explored sonic territories ranging from lush pop songs to reverb drenched soundscapes and continually celebrated life through songwriting. All of these forms are evident in Observator, sumptuous and beautiful in its sound, but bleak and sad at its heart.
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There's a lot to like in The Raveonette's sixth full-length album. The Danish duo have been crafting their own version of fuzzy shoegaze for some time now; they were ahead of the curve, creating dreamy textures inside melodic pop songs. Unfortunately, the newest batch from The Raveonettes is decent, but something about it feels tired and familiar.
OBSERVATOR begins with one of its highlights, "Young and Cold." The song mixes a reverb-drenched, distorted guitar, and vocalists Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo share some really terrific harmonies. In fact, the best moments of the album occur when the two voice mix with one another in each song's smoky atmosphere. "Young and Cold" uses its droning guitar to create the backdrop for the beginning of the album before the song introduces a light piano riff - the combination of the fuzzy guitar and the clean(ish) piano sounds great, but the band, never ones to repeat themselves, never reintroduce that combination throughout the rest of OBSERVATOR. The distorted drum machine that kicks of "Curse the Night" shows definite promise, but the rest of the song kind of slouches on by with a limp chorus.
The album kicks up its tempo with "Sinking With the Sun," laying down textures of distant distortion - it's a great song, and Wagner's lead guitar is very effective throughout. "She Owns the Streets," one of the album's singles, attempts to use a sugary pop melody, and it only kind of works for the band. Compare this with the album's closing track, "Till the End," where the band attempts similar styles, but to greater effect. Throughout OBSERVATOR, the only song that really evoked any reaction out of me was "Young and Cold," the rest of the album is mostly without catharsis or much emotional pull.
At 9 songs, the album feels pretty short, and this is only exacerbated by the fact that most of these songs are forgettable. With the exception of a few, many of these songs were forgotten as soon as the track moved on to the next. I think that most fans of the Raveonettes will enjoy this record, but I can't imagine it standing up to the band's past work. Standout tracks to sample/download: "Young and Cold," "Sinking with the Sun," and "Observations."
with vulnerable vocals, ringing guitars and a hint of 1950s rock pathos, for a uniquely appealing
result. Beautiful, mesmerizing & memorable indie pop ear candy that quickly becomes addictive.
Nice. Recalls Jesus & Mary Chain, Velvet Underground, with a touch of the Shangri-Las.
There are several instant classics here- Young & Cold, Curse The Night and Til The End. Arguments could be made for Observations, Sinking With The Sun and Downtown, as well. i've basically named every song. The Enemy has grown on me, and it's nice to hear Sharin front and center. She Owns The Streets is elevated by all the surf leads buried throughout.
At only nine tracks the album is over too soon, but that just drives me to hit the play button again.
OBSERVATOR lacks the statement of purpose evident in previous full-length releases. It is a good album, in spite of that. But if you've followed this band since 2007, you had to be expecting a great album, not 'just' ear candy.
Observator's first three songs are engrossing as much as they are surprising. The last three tracks are also rewarding. However, it's the middle section of this release that utterly fails. "The Enemy," "Sinking With the Sun," and "She Owns the Streets" are simply not up to par, not by a long shot. So, essentially, you are left with 6 quality tracks and not even 30 minutes of new album.
Purchasing advice: the best tracks are 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9. At the current $5.99 price, it makes sense to purchase the whole album. But consider buying the recently released Into The Night EP, of which three (out of 4) tracks really outshine some of Observator.