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The Raveonettes: Lust Lust Lust

The Raveonettes seem content to simply squeeze every imaginable ounce of usable influence out of The Jesus And Mary Chain. That's the essence of Lust Lust Lust, their third album, and that was the drive behind the two before it, though they also found time for occasional detours into Sonic Youth knockoffs. Lust Lust Lust doesn't look to the greatness of the first two JAMC albums, either: It sticks to the neutered sounds of later, drug-drained releases like Automatic, Honey's Dead, and Stoned And Dethroned. On "Blush," the guitar makes a decent noise, but when sonic plagiarism is this brazen, the songs need to be better. One big difference: The Raveonettes' prescription calls for the "sultry" vocals and fashion-forward presence of Sharin Foo, who still fails to distance herself from the Shirley Manson-meets-'90s-rockabilly/garage-rock-revival crutch. It's a narrow frame of reference that The Raveonettes seem likely to stick with; hopefully, on future albums, the songs will get more memorable than this batch.


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