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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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. jeffm
    Dec 13, 2004
    i'm hopelessly in love with these their romanticism. it is infectious, since these guys are just so coool. strong backbeats and song structures make me remember the ronettes et al, even if i'm not old enough to do so. this is truly great pop-rock and the fuzz is simply aesthetic ecstasy. extremely enjoyable. Expand
  2. Giulio
    Sep 17, 2003
    If you miss the early Jesus And Mary Chain sound you will adore this album!
  3. StevenL
    Apr 28, 2004
    this is ana amazing cd and they deserve so much more attention than they are getting
  4. ScottM
    Dec 18, 2005
    Original. Sexy as hell. Retro. Electrifyingly alive!
  5. Julia
    Nov 4, 2006
    While this album may drag on, it still has the sparkle of originality glossing over its banal charm. This is its saving grace. Oh, and saying things like "Let's make out and go out and meet some strangers" is always a hot addition to any set of lyrics. Expand
  6. TristramC
    Sep 16, 2003
    I like the songs they have on CGOL but the whole, Phil Spector-WallofSound thing they tried is too much. If it was the point to overproduce the record to sound like Spector, it wasn't a good point. The songs are though and 'Great Love Sound' has to be among the best singles of the year. Expand

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