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1. Young And Cold
2. Observations
3. Curse The Night
4. The Enemy
5. Sinking With The Sun
6. She Owns The Streets
7. Downtown
8. You Hit Me (I'm Down)
9. Till The End

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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B008IEDX7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on September 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'd give this 3.5 Stars if I could:

There's a lot to like in The Raveonette's sixth full-length album. The Danish duo have been crafting their own version of fuzzy shoegaze for some time now; they were ahead of the curve, creating dreamy textures inside melodic pop songs. Unfortunately, the newest batch from The Raveonettes is decent, but something about it feels tired and familiar.

OBSERVATOR begins with one of its highlights, "Young and Cold." The song mixes a reverb-drenched, distorted guitar, and vocalists Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo share some really terrific harmonies. In fact, the best moments of the album occur when the two voice mix with one another in each song's smoky atmosphere. "Young and Cold" uses its droning guitar to create the backdrop for the beginning of the album before the song introduces a light piano riff - the combination of the fuzzy guitar and the clean(ish) piano sounds great, but the band, never ones to repeat themselves, never reintroduce that combination throughout the rest of OBSERVATOR. The distorted drum machine that kicks of "Curse the Night" shows definite promise, but the rest of the song kind of slouches on by with a limp chorus.

The album kicks up its tempo with "Sinking With the Sun," laying down textures of distant distortion - it's a great song, and Wagner's lead guitar is very effective throughout. "She Owns the Streets," one of the album's singles, attempts to use a sugary pop melody, and it only kind of works for the band. Compare this with the album's closing track, "Till the End," where the band attempts similar styles, but to greater effect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on September 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
8th album from Danish duo delivers indie pop/rock that mixes hauntingly lush, melodic refrains
with vulnerable vocals, ringing guitars and a hint of 1950s rock pathos, for a uniquely appealing
result. Beautiful, mesmerizing & memorable indie pop ear candy that quickly becomes addictive.
Nice. Recalls Jesus & Mary Chain, Velvet Underground, with a touch of the Shangri-Las.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Y Rhyne on September 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Observator is a return to the classic Raveonettes sound, where the songs are drenched in surf guitar, noise and melancholy. Last year's Raven In The Grave was aggressively depressing, despite a few sunnier tunes. Observator is not a continuation of that sound (thank goodness), and to my ears sounds like it would have been a logical successor to Pretty In Black.
There are several instant classics here- Young & Cold, Curse The Night and Til The End. Arguments could be made for Observations, Sinking With The Sun and Downtown, as well. i've basically named every song. The Enemy has grown on me, and it's nice to hear Sharin front and center. She Owns The Streets is elevated by all the surf leads buried throughout.
At only nine tracks the album is over too soon, but that just drives me to hit the play button again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z. Shah on September 20, 2012
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To release their worst collection since 2005's "Pretty In Black" is not exactly a crime. The Raveonettes are guilty only of successively producing brilliant albums and EPs thereafter -- LUST LUST LUST, In and Out of Control, Beauty Dies, Raven in the Grave, Into the Night -- with such consistency and frequency that it appeared Sune and Sharin would never 'come down' to their average. In retrospect, it was an amazing run in which the duo redefined their sound multiple times even as they took on other distractions/challenges, such as a switching labels, doing solo album/tour (Sune), producing other bands (Sune/Dum Dum Girls), and motherhood (Sharin).

OBSERVATOR lacks the statement of purpose evident in previous full-length releases. It is a good album, in spite of that. But if you've followed this band since 2007, you had to be expecting a great album, not 'just' ear candy.

Observator's first three songs are engrossing as much as they are surprising. The last three tracks are also rewarding. However, it's the middle section of this release that utterly fails. "The Enemy," "Sinking With the Sun," and "She Owns the Streets" are simply not up to par, not by a long shot. So, essentially, you are left with 6 quality tracks and not even 30 minutes of new album.

Purchasing advice: the best tracks are 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9. At the current $5.99 price, it makes sense to purchase the whole album. But consider buying the recently released Into The Night EP, of which three (out of 4) tracks really outshine some of Observator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on January 4, 2013
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Have all of their stuff, and although this album's concept is very simple and straightforward, it works. It simply is a very enjoyable listen. It's not complicated and hard to understand. It's catchy, poppy yet melancholy, and super fun to sing along to. The vocals are mesmerizing as always. It's a very short record, though. I find that when track 9 ends I'm like, "that's it?" With past albums there were always a few tracks that just missed the mark, but this one is killer from start to finish.
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Format: Vinyl
The Raveonettes opened for the Pixies back in 2004 for their reunion tour - I saw them in L.A. at the Wiltern but didn't think much of them then. But I recently just got into them and I really love three tracks off this album: "Young and Cold", "Observations" and "Sinking with the Sun" - the rest of the songs have enough to keep my interest, but those three tracks are ace in my book and make this worth listening too. Note for Amazon Prime members/subscribers: this album, along with several other EPs and LPs from the Raveonettes, is available to you to stream for via Amazon Music at no charge.
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