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The Rapture

Pieces of the People We Love

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The Rapture
Pieces of the People We Love
(Universal)
Safe to say the world didn’t expect much from the Rapture when the Echoes LP came out in 2003. Slowly, however, the band started catching breaks. Along with its DFA label and co-founder James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem, the group became synonymous with the indie-dance craze (see “House of Jealous Lovers”). The Brooklyn quartet also scored hits in the UK, and the Cure’s Robert Smith handpicked the group to play the successful Curiosa festival. Still, a lot changed over the past three years as the indie-dance phenomenon faded and the Rapture parted ways with DFA for a major label. Thankfully the Rapture weathered the storm and came out with a more accomplished and cohesive follow-up than its predecessor. Pieces follows the sound they’re known for: Luke Jenner continues to sing like his Curiosa mentor, Bloc Party rhythms are in place and electronic flourishes keep it from wandering into garage-rock territory. But where Echoes provided its share of filler, Pieces kicks into high gear from the get go and doesn’t let up until the second half. The tinny sound from previous records is beefed up and even the slow numbers are interesting enough. No worries here. As Danger Mouse production on two of the albums’ tracks attests, The Rapture remains one of the coolest bands around for you to shake your ass to. Safe to say the world didn’t expect much from the Rapture when the Echoes LP came out in 2003. Slowly, however, the band started catching breaks. Along with its DFA label and co-founder James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem, the group became synonymous with the indie-dance craze (see “House of Jealous Lovers”). The Brooklyn quartet also scored hits in the UK, and the Cure’s Robert Smith handpicked the group to play the successful Curiosa festival. Still, a lot changed over the past three years as the indie-dance phenomenon faded and the Rapture parted ways with DFA for a major label. Thankfully the Rapture weathered the storm and came out with a more accomplished and cohesive follow-up than its predecessor. Pieces follows the sound they’re known for: Luke Jenner continues to sing like his Curiosa mentor, Bloc Party rhythms are in place and electronic flourishes keep it from wandering into garage-rock territory. But where Echoes provided its share of filler, Pieces kicks into high gear from the get go and doesn’t let up until the second half. The tinny sound from previous records is beefed up and even the slow numbers are interesting enough. No worries here. As Danger Mouse production on two of the albums’ tracks attests, The Rapture remains one of the coolest bands around for you to shake your ass to.
—Johnston Farrow
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