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  • Audio CD (June 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B0007WF1VO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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, Denmark’s 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 Foo’s second full-length, Pretty in Black, makes the duo’s influences even more explicit than before with a cover of the Angels’girl-group monster "My Boyfriend’s 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 it’s 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

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Boris Vita, III on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's different than their previous release, much cleaner, but is that good? The first track "The Heavens" is a nice, slow Elvis influenced track with acoustic guitar. I think there is too much reverb on the vocals, but overall a very nice, melodic track. Track 2 is kind of boring, male/female vocal duet type of song, but with slow techno drums that don't work very well. They could have used real drums, or real sounding drums and it would have been a lot better. Nice guitar playing, though. Track 3 "Love in a Trashcan" is a standout track, but again the drums are lacking energy, I don't think it's a drum machine on this track, but I don't like the drums that much. The guitar is good, and the vocals are great.
Track 4 "Sleepwalking" is a 5 star track, it sounds like the band Slowdive but not quite as serious. Great production on this track, I like the drums, they sound real and have a lot of feeling. This is a great track.
Track 5 "Uncertain Times", is another excellent track that sounds like early shoegazer without the feedback, more acoustic and with great melodic surf guitar. I really like the softer vocals by the male vocalist, not many singers can do that and do it well. The vocal harmonies are especially nice on this track. The drums are stiff but they sound like real drums for the most part.
Track 6, the cover of "My Boyfriend's Back", is very good, and the vocals sound excellent. However, it sounds like they really wanted to stick to the original, and that's great, but why use the krappy drum machine? If they would have used real drums it would be a 5 star track, instead I give it 3 and a half stars.
Track 7, "Here Comes Mary", is one of my favorite tracks on this album. It sounds like "Dream, Dream, Dream" by the Everly Brothers, hopefully they won't get sued.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By trasu98 on May 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album came out today, but, since I preordered it from Sony, I've had it since Saturday! This is the third release from The Raveonettes and I must say that it is the best so far. On this album they continue with the trend they began on their last album, "Chain Gang of Love", and steer even further away from the "wall of noise" and focus more on their melodies.

"Pretty in Black", like their previous two releases, is heavily inspired by the 1950s/1960s garage band sound. The album includes a great cover version of The Angel's classic "My Boyfriend's Back" and a guest appearance by Ronnie Spector on "Ode to L.A.". And, is it just me, or does "Here Comes Mary" sound an awful lot like The Everly Borthers' "All I Have to do is Dream"?

Other highlights include the dancable first single, "Love in a Trashcan", the haunting "Sleepwalking" and, my personal favorite, the dreamy "Uncertain Times", which includes the lines "And if the atom bomb should end us both, I'll be happy to go to the stars with you". (It's really romantic, in an apocalyptic sort of way.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let it be known: "Pretty in Black" is not the same Raveonettes you know and love.

Sure we have the creepy vocals from Sune Rose Wagner, and the rough retro sound. But after two increasingly catchy albums' worth of music, the Raveonettes have gotten a lot poppier. The trend started in "Chain Gang of Love" peaks here, in a controversial new sound that retains some of the gloomy grandeur, but loses the ragged lo-fi sound.

Acoustics and echoes start it off on a surprisingly soft note, considering that this was the band who turned "tornado rock" into an art form. And Sharin Foo takes lead vocals an ethereal ballad, before shifting back into garage-rock form with "Love in a Trashcan," which sounds like the Velvet Underground's catchier moments.

What follows is a mixture of rough-edged ballads and pop songs, mixed in with the slightly fuzzy rock'n'roll that the Raveonettes have made famous. That bleak sound remains in it, especially when Wagner sets his creepy vocals in the middle of the songs, or when he harmonizes alongside Foo for that androgynous effect.

A cringeworthy moment comes in with the truly awful cover of "My Boyfriend's Back," where Foo sings without a shred of irony, "look out now/cause he's comin' after you!/Hey ya hey ya/my boyfriend's back." Call me a weirdo, but right now I really long for songs about how your sweetie is a little animal and how she always wants to... well, you get the idea.

Anyhow, it's pretty obvious that the Raveonettes have turned a major corner with "Pretty in Black" -- it's catchy and retropoppy, and much of their "tornado-rock" edge has vanished. Instead of distortion pedals and bass, they use more percussion, guitar and some wicked organ,

Taken only by itself, is it a good album? Well, yes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik V. Owen on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
So, so, so amazing. I loved "Chain Gang of Love", but this is so much better. The lyrics have matured, and they have once again succeeded in mixing yesterday's poppy beach boy tunes with today's alternative indie-rock. I was pleased to see that Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the once huge band in the 60's, The Ronnettes, is featured on "Ode to L.A." You can hear Sharin Foo's and Sune Rose Wagner's indvidual voices much better because they actually sing without both of them singing at the same time sometimes. They mix up their vocals, so there is variety, unlike "Chain Gang of Love." Also, with that album, although very good, the songs all sounded a little bit...well, very similiar, and in this one, they all sound so different. I know most people are like "I like the old Raveonettes!" But I think that this change is excellent, even though I love the old Raveonettes as well. Best thing about this album? Not one song is mediocre. They all exceed, they all get 5 stars by me. The most perfect album...It's so easy to get lost in the entire album. Incredible, incredible musical achievement.
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