Pretty In Black

Album Review of Pretty In Black by The Raveonettes.

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Pretty In Black

The Raveonettes

Pretty In Black by The Raveonettes

Release Date: May 3, 2005
Record label: Sony
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

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Pretty In Black - Mediocre, Based on 2 Critics

The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Scandinavian pop was jolted out of its winsome blonde torpor a few years ago by the Hives, who simply plugged in and turned it way up. For a one-trick pony, they've been remarkably effective, but they can't rout the girliness of the Cardigans on their own. This is where Denmark's Raveonettes come in. In looking to late-50s/early-60s America, they've produced a second album that smells nothing like any of their contemporaries.

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AllMusic - 40
Based on rating 4/10
40

The Raveonettes take their love of the Jesus and Mary Chain to new heights on their sophomore release, Pretty in Black. The Mary Chain's debut, Psychocandy, was a thrilling collision of extreme noise and sticky-sweet melodies; the Raveonettes' debut, Chain Gang of Love, followed a similar formula and came up with similarly thrilling results. The Jesus and Mary Chain's second album, Darklands, stripped away almost all the noise and gave the group's sound a by-the-numbers feel that was only saved by some great songs and the Reid brothers' personas.

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