Friday, April 4, 2008

The Raveonettes - Lust, Lust, Lust

The Raveonettes
Lust, Lust, Lust
(02.2008, Vice)
Verdict = White Hot Rock

This is my first Raveonettes records and therefore my first impression of the band. That said, for those who are already familiar with the band my observations are probably going to rehash a lot of ground that has already been covered with the band. For instance, I would be lying if I didn’t immediately note the band’s sound descending directly from the late 80s/early 90s guitar blitz started by Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Jesus & Mary Chain. It seems like you can’t really avoid referencing bands like these when listening to guitar feedback as applied to no wave pop and truth be told, who isn’t playing detuned guitars with amps turned to eleven while crunching a maze of effects pedals? While guitar fuzz is in, (a fact I couldn’t be happier about) there are a rare few that are applying it as effectively as The Raveonettes. There is something about the bands buzzing guitar ruptures that translates to a mouthful of sugar. I think it is this type of feedback that is the best: the kind that is underwritten by melody and it is this that makes Lust, Lust, Lust so successful. The Raveonettes really aren’t doing much to differentiate themselves from the forefathers of fractured guitar punk, yet there is something entrancing about this record that requires repeat listens to continually produce results. I really wasn’t expecting to like this record as much as I do and I have to say I am liking it more and more every time through. As I have said before, I don’t know exactly what came before this, but Lust, Lust Lust should be a great entry point for anyone new to The Raveonettes and is surely a testament to what long time fans have known all along.

-Mr. Thistle

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