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Perhaps sensing they were boxing themselves in as Jesus and Mary Chain clones, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, aka the Raveonettes, strip away the squealing reverb and punk influences of their debut on this sophomore release.

There is still gobs of atmosphere, though. Producer Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, the Go-Go's, Robert Gordon with Link Wray), a guy who knows his way around retro cool, brings a nifty, noir, early 1960s vibe to the proceedings. Calling in Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker, Suicide man Martin Rev and Ronnie Spector for guest appearances adds further hipster cred to the Raveonettes' out-of-time groove. The "You Really Got Me" Kinks/Dave Davies-styled guitar solo on the single "Love in a Trashcan" throws a manic British invasion influence into the already eclectic mix.

Spaghetti Western guitars and a sensually icy undertow that would make Nico proud fuel tunes such as "Uncertain Times" and "Somewhere in Texas." Sweet Everly Brothers harmonies drive the prom slow dance "Here Comes Mary," as the duo wears its American heart on its stylish black and pink sleeve, and a cover of the Angels' punkette anthem "My Boyfriend's Back" completes the scene.

The Raveonettes play Smith's Olde Bar Thurs., May 26. 8 p.m. $12. 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522.


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