The Raveonettes Chain Gang of Love

As much as I hate to admit it, if Denmark ever opened a national music hall of fame its walls would be graced by such prestigious inductees as those two guys from Aqua and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Fortunately for the motherland, the Raveonettes have produced an album of deceptively trenchant and well-studied pop recorded entirely in B flat major. Initial impulses to write Sune Rose Wagner and Sharon Foo off as spurious Jesus and Mary Chain filchers fade when the underlying lilt of ’50s rock harmonies and jangly yet screeching surf guitars on "Remember” and "Let’s Rave On” bubble to the top. Plus, given the artistic restraints placed upon themselves, the duo exhibit enough variety to get you excited about future efforts in which they may choose to dabble in multiple keys. (Columbia)