The Raveonettes – In and Out of Control

Fierce Panda/Vice

Cool as ice cream the delicious Danish duo known as The Raveonettes deliver yet another shimmering garage rock sensation. A teenager’s pillow book of tear-soaked and tantalizing tales In and Out of Control wavers between heartbreak and hope on moody throwbacks like “Gone Forever” and “Bang!” The couple from Copenhagen Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo work magic with their signature two-part vocal harmonies and utterly unrestrained approach to gleaning pretty melodies from synth-heavy electronic mayhem. Then just when you think they’re going all Psychedelic Furs-meets-Jesus and Mary Chain on you The Raveonettes pull back on the reins. The folk ’n’ roll epic “Heart of Stone” brings things back to Earth with a disarming pastiche of nimble guitar picking and unembellished crooning.

Traditionally The Raveonettes opted to buck its pop-rock image by exploring some surprisingly dark subject matter and the duo’s fourth studio effort is no exception. Stunningly blunt song titles and equally irreverent lyrics drip from Foo’s lips like honey on unsettling yet catchy cuts such as “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)” “Suicide” “D.R.U.G.S.” and “Oh I Buried You Today.” Mustering all their prowess for the finger-snapping girl-gang anthem “Breaking into Cars” these untameable thrill-seekers achieve their finest moment when beseeching “Get me out of here/ You take me for a spin/ Until I crash into the stars.”