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Produced by the team of Paul Epworth and Ewan Pearson (eight tracks), as well as Danger Mouse (two tracks), Pieces of the People We Love is much different from Echoes in that it's no patchwork (i.e., like four Primal Scream albums condensed into one). Additionally, Luke Jenner's potentially deal-breaking vocal tics of old, especially the Robert Smith-with-a-finger-caught-in-an-electric-socket caterwaul, are kept in check, while bassist Matt Safer's appealingly insolent presence on vocals is ratcheted up to several lead turns. The uniformity of the album is at the expense of clear-cut standout tracks. There are no equivalents to "House of Jealous Lovers" or "I Need Your Love." Just the same, the low points are not as low. Neither Danger Mouse production, despite being two of the album's big selling points, is crucial to the makeup: "Pieces of the People We Love," a glammy rave-up, features some deeply buried background vocals from Cee-Lo, while "Calling Me" is a splattered mess. The Epworth and Pearson tracks, several of which explode with energy (whether fueled by joy or embitterment), are built on the kind of thick low end and non-congealing layers heard in Pearson's extensive remix work for Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode, and Closer Musik. At least two songs are about being in the Rapture. Even if Safer's being lighthearted or sarcastic in "Whoo! Alright Yeah...Uh Huh" — "But is it lyrical genius or crap rock poetry?/I say the lineage runs Morrison, Patti Smith [spelt "Smyth" in the booklet, snicker snicker], then me," as well as a refrain that mocks their motionless concert attendees — the sentiments are better off ignored. "The Sound," a kind of modern-day "Have a Cigar," also carries awkwardly antagonistic and jaded feelings. While few things are more dire than listening to a band complain about being in a band, these two songs also happen to contain some of the album's most thrilling moments, careening every which way with ballistic force.

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Lets all head to the disco....

The Rapture introduced me to a whole new genre of music and totally changed my music taste when they released "Echoes", so I was extremely excited to hear their new album, "Pieces of the People We Love". I was a bit apprehensive at first, I could not see how they could top their previous album, but I'm pleased to say... they most certainly have. "Don Gon Do It" begins the whole new disco dance addiction adventure with a breathtaking intro and from then on it only gets better. The Rapture would make the shyest man on the floor dance his heart out, especially with the retro dance anthem, "Get Myself Into it", which understandably is one of the stand-out songs off the album. However, my favourite track has to be "Whoo! Alright- Yeah...Uh Huh", believe me this song will immediately change your life and your whole take on music from the first listen. Overall, this is a masterpiece of an album, and is a lesson to all those wannabe disco-punk artists out there... this is how it should be done.... keep on dancing!!!!

RAPTURED

Apart from being one of the pioneers of "indie disco" They also seem to be able to do it the best. Forget the klaxons. Forget hot chip. (not that they're rubbish). This is the band to be dancing to. Every tune on this album has single potential, from the dance funk of Don Gon Do it to the chilled Pieces of the People We Love to the gritty raw get up and dance of The Sound, this abum will have you dancing for hours on end and when you do get to the end there is a good chance you will just press play and dance to it all over again. It is one of those albums which is fantastic when you first listen to it but gets even better with every listen. you've just got to get yourself into it!

ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!!

The Rapture are amazing. THis album is terrefic. Just so catchy brilliant

Biography

Formed: 1998 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Once hailed by some writers as the second coming of Gang of Four, the Rapture were the flagship band of the post-punk revival that swept through the indie underground during the early 2000s. Formed in 1998 by New Yorkers Vito Roccoforte (drums) and Luke Jenner (guitars, vocals), the band toured heavily before releasing a mini-album, Mirror, in 1999. More shows with the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and Nuzzle followed; meanwhile, a string of bassists and keyboard players cycled through the lineup,...
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