Thursday, December 11, 2008

Megan's Top 18 of 2008 - #12 - The Raveonettes

I do believe Lust Lust Lust is the only album my dear partner and I have in our top list at all this year, which means of course that it's twice as nice.

Before Lust Lust Lust, I had seen the Raveonettes live once or twice, and felt just kind of, well, indifferent about them. And then, that wily Danish duo went and made this album, a Valentine to both the late 50s/early 60s and shoegaze. I pretty much gushed about it (read: foamed at the mouth over it) when Chris and I did our joint review way back towards the beginning of the year, and my love of this record has yet to abate. It's gloomy, it's sexy, and it's almost just a little bit dangerous. It's like one of those early 60s, black and white flicks involving chicks in tight sweaters and cigarette pants and leather jacket-clad dudes drag racing on back roads in the blackened, misty midnight or something.

"Dead Sound" was my ringtone for months and months. "You Want the Candy" is adorable, painfully loud, and effortlessly danceable (and the "boo hoo" line is pretty fantastic). "With My Eyes Closed" is a delicious little mopey ballad, channeling the moroseness of Morrissey with ease. Did I mention I love this album? Because I do.

It totally changed my mind about the Raveonettes, and I'd emphatically say it definitely deserves its place here among the best of the best.



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