RAVEONETTES: Pretty in Black (Columbia, 2005)
The new Raveonettes cd begins with a noise that is, I guess, supposed to resemble the sound of a needle being placed on a vinyl record. Why? What’s the point? This isn’t vinyl, it’s a compact disc. Who decides these things? The band? The producer? The record company? Whoever it is, it was lousy decision. It’s a tired and grating effect and one that’s more annoying than anything. If I wanted to listen to this on vinyl, I would have bought it on vinyl. Oops. It’s not available on vinyl! Every damn thing about this disc, from the design to the music to guest Ronnie Spector to the goddamn annoying glitch that starts things off—and ends things as well!—screams retro yet it’s not even available on vinyl. What the hell, man?
Album reviewed, not just bitched, by my man. Unlike this guy who got bitch-slapped - hard - last nite. You got my vote girl.
Rave on friends.