While Observator may be no step forward, it is affirmation of a great formula.
I just don't think it is possible. Possibly more credit to The Formula than to them as a band, but then again other formulaic bands aren't this consistently good. Always happy to hear new stuff from them, and never disappointed.
They utilise more than just VU and J&MC though. You could have at least dropped an extra Spector credit for them, they lift that Ronettes (it's in the name) wall of sound atmos-pop feel too.
Gotta disagree here as there are plenty of bonafide hits on this album. This is a really good Raveonettes record from start to finish. Vocally, they're bigger and less distant. Sounds like they've been listening to House of Love and The La's too. It's a 9.