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Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jun 8, 2011
    60
    There is a half-hearted attempt at dusting the instrumentation so it doesn't have as much of the grittiness we're used to from The Raveonettes. But not a whole lot of polish is applied so the end product is still essentially grainy. [May 2011, p.86]
  2. May 31, 2011
    60
    Compelling stuff. [Jun 2011, p.120]
  3. May 13, 2011
    60
    Here, they tinker with the formula slightly, shedding the surf drums, and adding washes of synth (usually a mistake, and so it proves). [Jun 2011, p.94]
  4. 60
    Raven in the Grave is a step in the right direction, to be sure, but the melodies aren't quite as fresh on this album and the songs often lack the soundtrack-y emotional wallop that older albums relied on.
  5. Hazy, dark, The Cure-ish dreampop with a Lynchian vibe.
  6. Apr 8, 2011
    57
    The untangled pop of In and Out of Control has been reconfigured and dipped in black eyeliner as the Raveonettes veer toward 1980s goth.
  7. Apr 26, 2011
    50
    On their fifth disc, the Danish duo prolong their frigid endless summer, turning out songs full of surf-pop harmonies and film-noir ambience.
  8. Raven in the Grave isn't significantly weaker than any of it's predecessors, it's flaws are just significantly more obvious.

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