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http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/32ef114b19a34fad05183eebfd2f35c03378ad93.jpg Raven in the Grave

The Raveonettes

Raven in the Grave

Vice Music
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April 25, 2011

On their fifth disc, the Danish duo prolong their frigid endless summer, turning out songs full of surf-pop harmonies and film-noir ambience. One or both members are clearly smarting from broken hearts — they've softened their usual lyrics of crime and violence into lovelorn laments like "Let Me on Out" — but the sound feels tired, with bleak tunes like "Evil Seeds" getting lost in a fog of distortion. (Its head-scratching refrain, "Play with fire/Play with you sometimes," doesn't help, either.) Wear a parka to this beach-blanket bingo.

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