Chain Gang Of Love - The Raveonettes
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  • Summary: Denmark's Raveonettes--now including two new members in addition to founders Sune Rose Wagner, Sharin Foo and their drum machine--make their major-label debut with this 13-track effort produced by Richard Gottehrer (Blondie). As on their debut EP, all songs are restricted to a single key (here, b-flat major) and must be shorter than 3 minutes. Expand
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  1. This is 33 minutes of pure pop bliss; there isn't a bad song or a missed opportunity anywhere here.
  2. The beauty is in the album's concision and seamlessness. [5 Sep 2003, p.74]
  3. While a certain sameness sets in after minute 30, glittering amid the downtuning are perfect bazooka pop songs, both bubblegum and firepower.
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    A full-length valentine to the Jesus and Mary Chain. [#60, p.110]
  5. The Raveonettes have something the Mary Chain lost around the time of 'Automatic': an understanding of how to make a tight three minute pop song feel exhilarating.
  6. Ultimately, Chain Gang suffers from a lack of depth, but it's not so painfully hollow that listening isn't kinda fun.
  7. Two-thirds of the way through, the general banality becomes immensely wearisome: even though some songs barely reach the 90-second mark, there still seems to be an awful lot of them.

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