Quick Review (LP): Raven in the Grave by The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes
Raven in the Grave
Vice; 2011

My Rating: B (64/100)

Best Tracks: "Recharge & Revolt", "War In Heaven", "Ignite"

Goth and the 50’s teen heartbreak pop find each other.


  • It all sounds like a big, long teenage death song, sort of like that cover Pearl Jam did a few years back.
  • Very reminiscent of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but I like this group’s vocals better.
  • "Recharge & Revolt" is a really cool tune.
  • "War In Heaven" is deliciously dark. It would have been at home on any album released by The Cure up to Disintegration.
  • Also, I am reminded of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, especially on gothier tracks like "War In Heaven."
  • "Ignite" features some really appealing guitar work, but then there are those damn whispery vocals again. Why?
  • Love the aesthetic of this group, but the songs don’t quite make it over the top.
  • Also, I really dig the concept, but I’d like to have seen the group take it further.
  • I think Pitchfork gets this one right. There are things to like about this record, but the joy-o-meter registers a bit low. I wonder if these two are a little too obsessed with being fashionable?

Cohesion (4/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Consequence (3.5/5)
Consistency (4/5)
Songs (4/5)