Pretty In Black - The Raveonettes
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  • Summary: 'Black' finds the Danish duo expanded to a more melodic, less noisy trio, with new bassist Anders Christensen joining vocalist Sharon Foo and guitarist Sune Rose Wagner. Also appearing are Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker, Suicide's Martin Rev, and Ronnie Spector.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. It takes an album like Pretty in Black to make you realise the life affirming power of great pop music.
  2. [They] have taken their love of Fifties kitsch and Sixties pop off the Jesus & Mary Chain Gang of Love and down to the Velvet Underground.
  3. Pretty in Black is virtually fuzz-free, highlighting the exquisite detail in the Raveonettes' gift for pastiche.
  4. 70
    Put it this way: the Raveonettes have got one serious retro fetish. [#15, p.95]
  5. 70
    Mostly, it works. [Aug 2005, p.102]
  6. A diverted and shapeless album that only hints at what they're capable of accomplishing.
  7. To call 'Pretty In Black' disappointing would be an understatement in the least, particularly for a band whose delivery has matched their promise over their previous releases.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. LeonardoF
    May 6, 2005
    Not as noisy as their previous releases but it is sooo addictive.
  2. Peck
    May 4, 2005
    Although the album doesn't rock out as much as Chain Gang Of Love, the quality of the ballads more than makes up for the lack of loud songs. Ode To L.A. for song of the year. Expand
  3. FrederikC
    May 5, 2005
    9 thumbs up.
  4. BriabR
    Dec 29, 2005
    Great album. The danes have not yet discovered the quality of the Raveonttes, maybe thats why so few good bands comes from Denmark.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Jun 4, 2005
    Impressive third album, not as electrifying as Chain Gang of Love but irresistably infectious. Worth a listen, or ten.
  6. DavisW
    May 9, 2005
    A mostly solid album although I'm not exactly sure how they've evolved into this. They definitely are a unique band in how they've progressed. With their sound, you'd think their debut would sound something like "pretty in black" and then evolve slowly into the "whip it on" sound. Even though they're a little backwards in my opinion, I can't deny their fun style. Expand
  7. PaulH
    Jul 11, 2005
    I liked most of the album, but something is missing here, it's been a while since i've had it now and it's collected a fair amount of dust. Expand

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