CHAIN GANG OF LOVE
ALBUM COLUMBIA, SONY RELEASE:
AUGUST 25, 2003 REVIEW: AUGUST 25, 2003
I’m not disappointed. "Chain Gang of Love" is a great
debut album for any group.
Some sonic overload, buzzing guitars, lots of melodies, 60’s feel
and great male-female vocals. The collection of songs range from Suicide-al
"The Truth About Johnny", to "Darklands"/early 60’s
pop song "Remember" to fuzzy and surf rockish "Let’s
Rave on" (maybe next the single?) - and they are all great. Sugar
sweet and threatening at the same time - my cup of tea exactly.
I should jump with joy, but I don’t. Maybe it’s the shift
from b-minor to b-major, maybe it’s the polished production signed
Sune Rose Wagner himself, Niel Dorfsmann and Alan Moulder (!) - but "Chain
Gang of Love" sounds tamer than I excepted, not the explosion that
brilliant EP "Whip It on" led me to believe Raveonettes would
hey - it’s cool that Raveonettes can surprise and strike from a
different angle. And Sharin Foo is still the coolest female bassplayer/vocalist
since Kim Deal, so I shouldn’t complain.
the sunglasses and leather jacket that "Whip It on" made me
wear are still on. This time around, though, the car is pink and we’re
driving through the desert in the evening sun instead of through the neon-lit
town 'round midnight.