The Raveonettes - Observator (Vice) may only be nine songs long, but it doesn’t make the latest record by The Raveonettes any less compelling. Helped out behind the board by legendary Blondie/Go-Go’s producer Richard Gottehrer, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo drift away from the melodic noise-rock that earned them comparisons to the Jesus and Mary Chain. Instead, the Danish duo’s sixth studio album has a more ethereal ambiance, gilded by glistening harmonies and irresistible melodies. Songs like “You Hit Me (I’m Down)” and “The Enemy” reverberate with a Wall of Sound layering of fuzz guitar while stick kicking just enough nourish twang. And while Wagner cops to listening to a lot of Doors while cutting Observator, the reverb and dark hooks sprinkled still find his band sounding like the Velvet Underground if a more restrained Phil Spector was twisting the knobs in the recording studio.
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