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Raveonettes, Observator
Vice Records, Sept. 11

09/27/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Of course we have to do this one; what’s tradition for? The Danish boy-girl powerhouse have embodied and defined “alternative rock” for years now, putting out albums that give reviewers something to look forward to, something that soars above the morass of wannabes, and they’ve done it again, as they say. The first tune to blast its way into the face from this one, “Young and Cold,” is, as usual, an over-reverbed poke at Everly Brothers, which is what they do, but there’s a bigger, more wide-screen power to the thing than their other album-leadoff songs from the past. Or maybe not; I’m an unapologetic fanboy of this band, never ceasing to be amazed by the stark, organic boldness of their songwriting, their from-the-mountaintop sound — but the thing is, you just don’t hear anything like this nowadays, especially (sadly) when other bands (Gringo Star, Glasvegas, etc.) try to match it; it’s like the Yankees playing against a AAA club. After “Young and Cold” comes “Observations,” sort of a cross between Coldplay and “Gimme Shelter” re-tooled for a sock hop, and… seriously, how is a band supposed to beat that? A+
Eric W. Saeger





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