Stylish, confident, and, frankly, slightly menacing, the Raveonettes--Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo--made their mark on the emerging new garage-rock scene in 2002 with a flair for the dramatic. The Danish duo doused their stripped-down songs about sex, suicide, and prostitution with noisy, fuzzed-out guitar, sweet boy-girl harmonies, and sleazy surf-punk twang. It sounded like a clash between Mods and Rockers if the brawl had taken place on the set of California beach movie. 'Pretty in Black' still reflects Sune's love for the early rock innovators Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. Columbia. 2005.
Named in homage to Buddy Holly
s greatest rocker, Denmarks Raveonettes have forged small, satisfying changes on twangy garage pop over three records. (Think somewhere between Chris Isaak
and the Jesus and Mary Chain
.) Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foos second full-length, Pretty in Black
, makes the duos influences even more explicit than before with a cover of the Angels
girl-group monster "My Boyfriends Back" (co-written by Raveonettes co-producer Richard Gottehrer) and "Here Comes Mary," a ballad that walks almost as closely in the melodic steps of the Everly Brothers
"All I Have to Do is Dream" as "Surfin U.S.A.
" did those of "Sweet Little Sixteen
." But its the new tricks they unpack--the shimmy of "Love in a Trashcan," the disco stomp of "Twilight"--that make this their own music. --Rickey Wright