Observator - The Raveonettes

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The influence of Chairlift, Warpaint, Alt-J and The xx all subliminally creep into adorable but chilling laments on dying young and wrecked romances.
  2. Sep 13, 2012
    The record may not be their masterpiece, but it is an important piece of a surprisingly strong career.
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    Charming, dexterous and completely compelling. [Oct 2012, p.108]
  4. 80
    It contains the band's most focused songwriting since the last album Gottehrer produced, 2005's Pretty In Black. [Oct 2012, p.92]
  5. Sep 12, 2012
    As if the Everly Brothers channeled Norma Desmond, Observator is the sweet sound of summertime sadness.
  6. Sep 11, 2012
    Get past the gear-head guitar textures and tones, and Observator can stand as a pure pop album on its own merits.
  7. Sep 7, 2012
    Smoky nostalgia, bi-coastal American malaise, downy shoegaze, restrained noise and garage rock are all expert;y combined to create their shortest and most focused collection to date. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.113]
  8. 75
    It's a crucial listen and one of the most rewarding releases of 2012.
  9. Oct 4, 2012
    The music is starting to shift into a sort of Hipster Triple-A agreeability that robs it somewhat of the flavor that made the Raveonvettes so distinct, but suggests a maturity taking hold. [No.91 p.60]
  10. Sep 12, 2012
    You'd be forgiven to not have the hooks of these songs stuck in your head, or worse, confusing them for some other band.... Ignoring this, you have another quality catalog entry from one of modern indie rock's somewhat more surprising career bands.
  11. Sep 7, 2012
    While Observator may be no step forward, it is affirmation of a great formula.
  12. Sep 18, 2012
    Overall the album is never really present enough to make an impression, beyond a hazy silhouette in the distance.
  13. Sep 17, 2012
    It's a righting of the ship back to the quality control we've come to expect from the Raveonettes but nevertheless still an accomplished retread of a formula, nothing more.
  14. 60
    Despite standout moments within most of the songs, nothing on this album except perhaps the closing number, "Till the End", truly stands out as recognizably Raveonettes.
  15. Sep 11, 2012
    Even when the band allows its minor-key impulses back in, the album feels pleasant, in a late-summer-sunset kind of way.
  16. Sep 12, 2012
    It's hard to shake the feeling that the album sounds too comfortable, too familiar: It's so deeply entrenched in their comfort zone that it sounds too easy-- not effortless, but automatic and rote.
  17. Sep 10, 2012
    While the album may improve on its predecessor, Observator still finds the Raveonettes engaging in far too many self-indulgent habits: They've left Hot Topic, but they don't seem to know where they're headed next.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 12, 2012
    Unfamiliar with the Raveonettes, I gave this album a try and was struck by their dreamy sound from beginning to end. It sounds like a lo-fi production for todays standards, but this only helps the overall sounds. The vocals echo harmoniously with the noisy guitars and this never gets tiresome throughout the album. Very nice album! Full Review »
  2. Sep 11, 2012
    This is thoroughly enjoyable. Different feel from past Ravies albums. Much more layers with the guitars and different sound. Unmistakable. Loving it. Full Review »