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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

People Don't Dance No More!

I've listened to the cd twice before writing this review. Don Gon Do It - First sign of cowbell. Not the last. Pieces of the People We Love - This is a creepy crawly gem, great pace. Get Myself Into It - Great song, lots of fun First Gear - There are video games sampled on here (Pac Man?) - crazy build up. Complex rock/dance jam, another song that just gets better as it goes on....great vocals at the end. The Devil - very 80's sound - probably my least favorite. Whoo! Alright, Yeah... Uh Huh - The booty shaker of the album. Extra cowbell. "Fat Happy Babies Kicking Ladies in the Metro now..." If you buy any song, buy this one. Calling Me - starts out slow, ends lush. Down For So Long - Could be out of a John Hughes movie, but better, more jam influenced. The Sound - A breaks rock song? Crazy, Noisy, I imagine a show stopper live (in a good way) Live In Sunshine - A lone psychedelic rocker On & On - A bonus track, that's actually a bonus. I've been a fan since 2002 - favorite previous songs Killing and House of Jealous Lovers. This album has great production and blends many styles, sometimes all at once. Although their sound is truly unique because of the influence of electronic music - The Rapture sounds similar to: Talking Heads, Stone Roses, The Alarm, or Phish. With the lead vocals being handled by more than one person it can be an acquired taste. I love it and it is very Innovative. The best songs in my opion are First Gear, Whoo Alright Yeah... Uh Huh, and Get Myself Into it. One thing is certain, they are tight and the production highlights all of the sounds the band is pumping out. I also think this is a cd that will get better as you listen to it. Which reminds me, I better listen again. Oh yeah, go see them live - they will not disappoint! Rock is the new dance.

Makes Me Happy

Sick beats. Witty lyrics. Awesome sound. I don't own any of their previous releases, but after chancing on a preview track, I made a mental note to get this album on its release date. I only had $15, and spent $12 to get the CD. No lunch for the day. But this is better than any burrito out there.

A Progression Not Without Misfortune...

The latest from the Rapture illustrates a final step in a musical progression from a challenging post-punk or dance punk to a more straight forward dance music with rock influence. This shift in styles was first hinted at with the more House oriented tracks like Sister Saviour and Killing on their previous full length, Echoes. The change is not without some merit. There are some tracks on this album that are truly infectious and will have you moving feet involuntarily. Gone however is the challenging, dischordant, and desperate sound that made the Rapture so interesting in the first place. The post-punk influences of PiL and Gang of Four seem to have been traded in for the dance sounds Big Audio Dynamite and late Talking Heads. In short this great music for the club, but lacks depth to be a an enjoyable outside of dancing... If you enjoyed Killing and Sister Savior on the Echoes album this is what you want. If you were more intersted in Heaven and Infatuation on Echoes seek out the bands older material...


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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