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Album Review

One 12", produced and released by the DFA, transformed the Rapture from a benign indie band into hot hot sh*t. Once "House of Jealous Lovers" — a horrifically mangled jolt with a viscous rhythmic vroom as dynamite as anything from the late-'70s U.K. post-punk bands — took hold in the underground, anticipation for this album built, built, and kept on building. Has the wait paid off? Yes and no. It has, in a sense, because that single seemed like a case of capturing lightning in a bottle — a one-off that would define an otherwise extremely average band — and Echoes ably proves that it was no fluke. The wait hasn't paid off, in a sense, because hype turned Echoes into a monolithic event when, in truth, it turns out that only half of it proves "House of Jealous Lovers" to be no fluke. The lesser half nearly chokes the album, as it casts the Rapture as the same rickety band that it was before the rebirth. "Open Up Your Heart," daringly placed as the third track, is a hollow, momentum-killing piano ballad; on "Love Is All," multiple Southern boogie elements prove to be a mismatch; "Infatuation" closes the album with a murmur. Another detracting feature is the overuse of Luke Jenner's Robert Smith, which is oftentimes more glaring than Paul Banks' Ian Curtis and Jack White's Robert Plant put together. However, when the band is on, it is on. Nearly toppling their previous best, "I Need Your Love" is propelled by a relentlessly thumping backbeat, an unshakable keyboard vamp, and gurgling keyboards — it's the band's second stroke of indie-dance genius. "The Coming of Spring" is another frantic neo-post-punk slasher, with wonderfully needling guitars cleaved by a Nuggets-worthy breakdown. Lastly, opener "Olio" will be pure heaven for those who secretly wished that Chicago house legend Larry Heard would one day swap out Robert Owens in favor of Robert Smith. These flashes of greatness don't quite add up to what could have been, but the album as a whole is still quite exceptional.

Customer Reviews


Echoes by the Rapture is the opening song for the British TV show Misfits! YAY!!!

Open Up Your Musical Senses

It's a big universe, and there are millions of ways to blend rythym and lyric, notes, chords and harmonies. What I love about this album, and all of The Rapture, is these guys' obvious love for what they do, and the seemingly effortless inspiration of their creations. Their blend is unique, mindful and moving. I love that I always want to dance when I hear them, and that the lyrics move me IN and UP, not down and out. Don't try to tell me that their intentions are untrue...they mean to move us and to make us think, and to open up our hearts a little more, and our musical senses too. They will be more known and understood as they create more Rapture. I can't wait for the new album...

Godfathers of New Rave and post punk

How is it possible to dance while listening to a typical "post punk" singer? Listen to the Rapture and you'll find out. Heralded as the "Godfathers of New Rave" by NME (the UK's Rolling Stone) magazine, this album was a bit before it's time. In a day when grunge rock was all the rage, The Rapture were making music for 3 to 5 years later. I fell in love when I heard this 3 year old album, and lucky me they just released a new one, "Pieces of the People we love", which is Brilliant as well. So, as the Godfathers of New Rave began 3 years ago to usher in this new sound, don't be suprized if new rave is all you hear on the radio, once the masses catch on. In the meantime, look into the past to see alternative music's future and enjoy the Rapture then and now.


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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