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The Raveonettes Keep It Short and Sweet on 'Observator'

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012

Updated: Friday, September 14, 2012 14:09

The Raveonettes
Grade: B+

Certain bands seem wound up and bursting with emotion. The Ravonettes? Not so much. In fact, I’m willing to wager they have excellent blood pressure. Their music alone actually lowers heart beats and triggers involuntary swaying.

Their latest album, Observator, is an excellent example of what they do best – foggy and hypnotic music with subtly beautiful lyrics. With only nine tracks, Observator is a bit on the short side but is refreshing for that very reason. The album feels light and airy and avoids being heavy and repetitive, which can happen with mellow bands. Stand out tracks include “The Enemy,” which sooths and lulls in the dreamy style The Cure coined and perfected; “You Hit Me (I’m Down)” is an absolutely excellent track that goes just about as fast as they can handle, which is not very much; “Till The End” closes out the album with fuzzy and far away vocals promising romantic sweet nothings courtesy of Sune Rose Wagner.

It’s good to see the Danish duo hasn’t lost its meditative aura and wonderful charm.

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