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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Raveonettes
Whip It On
Crunchy Frog

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Combining Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's longing to be the next Jesus and Mary Chain with a decidedly dirty CBGB's feel (think Suicide), Danish duo The Raveonettes are the most recent hype-babies imported from overseas. Whip it On is the Raveonettes' debut EP, a 21-minute, 8-song affair that drags its sludgy feet through grungy gutters for far too long. While the EP has its moments, the same-songy approach is tiresome, albeit taken singularly each song is a vicious injection of pure junk. "Do You Believe Her" rips outta the gate with distorted, slicing guitar riffs and a percussive bitch slap. But, Sune Rose Wagner & Sharin Foo's vocals-which should probably be The Raveonettes' strong suit-never stray beyond one octave with Wagner's male vocals always dominate, and this in turn adds to the frustrating sense of repetition. The only mild variance between most of these songs comes in slight tempo differences. Much like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Spacemen 3, I'm guessing that this is music meant to be experienced live, where the guitars can truly sear eardrums and the light show adds the necessary intermittent effect. Ideally I'd slice Whip It On down to a single- take the Misfits-inspired "Attack of the Ghost Riders" backed with the howling Seeds-ish "Beat City" and call it a day. The rest of the songs here are overkill. Hopefully, once the bidding war is over, The Raveonettes can concentrate on writing another song or ten. There's potential here, but it's far from realized on this EP.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

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