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Studio album by The Raveonettes
Released September 11, 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre Indie rock,[1] shoegaze, noise pop, post-punk revival
Length 31:21
Label Vice Records
Producer Richard Gottehrer & Sune Rose Wagner
The Raveonettes chronology
Into the Night
Singles from Observator
  1. "Observations"
    Released: June 25, 2012[2]
  2. "She Owns the Streets"
    Released: July 9, 2012[3]
  3. "The Enemy"
    Released: Promo only
  4. "Curse the Night"
    Released: Promo only

Observator is the sixth album by The Raveonettes, and was released September 11, 2012.[4]


Singer Sune Rose Wagner traveled to Venice Beach to gather inspiration for a new album. He ended up going on three-day drug and alcohol bender due to depression he was suffering because of back injury. Songs on the album are inspired by observations of the people he met during this time.[4] The album was recorded in two to three weeks at Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles because of Wagner's desire to record where The Doors "did all their best stuff"[5] and "environment surrounded by all those ghosts of genius".[4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[7]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
The A.V. Club B[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]

The album received generally positive reviews upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 17 reviews, which indicates "Generally favorable reviews".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sune Rose Wagner.

No. Title Length
1. "Young and Cold" 3:21
2. "Observations" 4:30
3. "Curse the Night" 3:21
4. "The Enemy" 3:40
5. "Sinking With the Sun" 3:31
6. "She Owns the Streets" 3:02
7. "Downtown" 2:49
8. "You Hit Me (I'm Down)" 3:45
9. "Till the End" 3:22

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Canada September 11, 2012 (2012-09-11) CD, digital download, LP record Vice Records
United States
United Kingdom September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17) The Orchard/The Beat Dies


  1. ^ "The Raveonettes - A Class Act". Clash. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "iTunes Store: The Raveonettes - Observations - Single". Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  3. ^ "iTunes Store: The Raveonettes - She Owns the Streets - Single". Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  4. ^ a b c Alyssa Noel. "The Raveonettes celebrate 10th Anniversary with new LP Observator". Spin.com. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  5. ^ Dom Gourlay. "DiS meet Sune Rose Wagner of The Ravonettes". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Observator Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Album Review: The Raveonettes – Observator". Consequence of Sound. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  8. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Obervator". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  9. ^ Schild, Matt (2012-09-11). "The Raveonettes: Observator". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  10. ^ Johnston, Maura (2012-09-11). "Observator Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-09-16.