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2009: 15 of the Best. #14…

December 1, 2009

#14 – The Raveonettes – Last Dance

From: In and Out of Control
Released: October 6, 2009
Label: Fierce Panda/Vice
Buy it: Here.

The Raveonettes have seemingly built their career on some kind of mythical Indie-Cool-By-Numbers guidebook — songs that are catchy enough for almost anyone to adore, but with enough je ne sais quoi for any music snob or downtown hipster to think they’re the bee’s knees. My personal favorite album of theirs remains their sophomore effort, Pretty in Black, but In and Out of Control is pretty fine in its own right with lyrically bleak songs buoyed by quasi-joyous backing tracks. “Last Dance” is the kind of tragic love song teenagers fill diaries about — lyrics that would do Morrissey proud (“There is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “Girfriend in a Coma”-era Morrissey, mind you, not the grouchy middle aged woman next door who insists she’s keeping your ball now of today), and also a musical backdrop that would also do Johnny Marr proud. Even with that comparison and it’s chorus of and for the ages — this is also sickeningly original. Well done.

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