Gang of Love
Raveonettes’ debut effort, Whip It On, was a rather
tedious exercise in post-modern complaining. Weary of their homeland’s
uninspired music, Danish duo Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo aimed
to liberate rock and roll by enforcing boundaries. Working off of
a stringent formula (songs in B flat minor with three chords, shorter
than three minutes), the innovators created a sound bursting with
fuzz—and potential. Unfortunately, the album was too obvious,
toting a pleasing theme that eventually turned cloying. It’s
not that the songs were completely terrible, only void of an element
that would aid in a more universal appeal.
On Chain Gang of Love, The Raveonettes have apparently located the
missing link. Characteristically brief exercises in self-restraint
are bolstered by an expanded musical repertoire. Varied tempos (as
opposed to consistently medium-paced tunes that quickly tire the
ear), unusual sound effects and improved harmonies help endow songs
with lasting appeal. Also present are the fingerprints of multiple
Opening track “Remember” summons the Byrds with a jingle-jangle
guitar while “Noisy Summer” harkens back to The Dixie
Cups, whose hit “Chapel of Love” included the signature
hand clapping and thunderous wall of sound distinguished by so many
other girl groups.
It is in fact that particular genre from which The Raveonettes draws
its name. The “ette” suffix connoted with wildly successful
Motown family members (and their derivatives) is a perfect fit for
Wagner and Foo’s rigid intentions. Doo-wop groups of the ’50s
and ’60s also based their success on a formula—albeit
one more obsessed with external image and stage presence than with
Other songs skim the surface of surf music, riding the sonic waves
on tambourines and drum machines fueled by distortion.
Whip It On didn’t travel from point A to point B so much as
it simply lingered at an exasperating standstill. However, with
Chain Gang of Love, it seems as if The Raveonettes might actually
be going somewhere.
It’s All In Your Head
The trio of young adults
that comprises Eve 6 has revealed to its fans that the guys are
growing up—and it hasn’t been easy. It’s All In
Your Head is the third album released by the band. Lead vocalist
and bassist Max Collins is the thoughtful creator behind the lyrics
of every song on the album.
The new CD clearly proves that Collins and his bandmates have matured.
The lyrics are deeper and contain more pain than fans may be used
The album is tightly knit with emotions that painfully reveal experiences
that Collins has lived. “Friend of Mine” is a personal
song that tells the story of a loved one flirting with suicide.
The lyrics beg, “Friend of mine/ Stay alive/ Don’t you
leave me here/ All alone in the world/ With a chronic tear,”
while other songs such as “Without You Here” project
feelings of a broken heart and lost love. The album coherently sounds
with strong instrumentation and a force that emanates from Collins’
mouth. Though it may be considered more profound than the early
albums, It’s All In Your Head allows Eve 6 to mature and still
maintain the youthful experiences that serve as a foundation for
the band’s fan-base.