October 8, 2009

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Raveonettes, In and Out of Control
Vice Records, Oct. 6

With kickoff song “Bang!” tabling the most infectious chaw of ’60s bubblegum since The Archies’ “Sugar Sugar,” it’s now impossible to dislike this Danish boy/girl duo, and daresay that this is the go-to band if you’re into trying to introduce your grandma in alt rock. Last year’s Lust Lust Lust LP had more skronky feedback to deal with (and fewer guitar solos if you have an irrational fear of those — Sune Rose Wagner actually gets into it in a few spots), but who cares, their ’50s/twee/surf/vampire format’s been etched in stone for going on a decade now with little change — you liked the debut EP, you’ll like this. Song-wise, Lust Lust Lust had a few more endearing moments pound-for-pound; nothing like “Bang!” though, for immediacy and summer-hormonal in-your-face-ness. No head-in-a-blender shoegaze washes until track 10 (“Break Up Girls!”), where there’s a good full minute or so of white noise until an “Attack of the Ghost Riders”-type guitar line gallops slo-mo out of the smoke. Illusions that the 00s are even distantly related to the ’50s, however, remain just that: the prettiest Everly Brothers-esque balladic hook dwells in “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed).” A+E.W.S.