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The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love

The Rapture, Pieces of the People We Love

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

NEW York disco-punk hipsters The Rapture follow-up their hit-and-miss debut Echoes with the altogether more coherent Pieces Of The People We Love.

The album was written over the past year during breaks in the band’s gruelling touring schedule but it benefits from the considerable producing talents of Paul Epworth, Ewan Pearson and a certain Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, DM & Jemini and, of course, Gnarls Barkley).

The result is a long-player that’s musically more diverse, mature and focused but one that crucially retains the same sense of fun and funkiness that helped to earn tracks such as Sister Saviour and House of Jealous Lovers so much attention.

The album gets off on the right foot pretty much from the outset with the punky guitar riffs and disco-driven beats of Don Gon Do It, a fun but throwaway effort.

Title track Pieces of the People We Love then really kicks things into gear with its simple, hand-clapped beats, warped vocals and glam-rock tendencies (the chorus toys with a T-Rex style crescendo thanks to its backing vocals).

Current single Get Myself Into It then drops a welcome sense of familiarity thanks to its catchy, sing-along chorus and dance-floor friendly vibe.

And then First Gear hits you with some more smart beats and a retro ‘80s style that’s reminiscent of both early INXS and Talking Heads – although the synths and soft-focus beats are a little more warped than usual.

Occasionally, the album sounds content to play on this formula and, in places, doesn’t mark too much of a departure from their breakthrough sound – both The Devil and Whoo! Alright – Yeah.. Uh Huh are pretty formulaic.

But just when you think you’ve caught the pulse of the album, it changes rhythm impressively with a couple of tracks that really catch you off-guard and suggest the band is capable of evolving.

Calling Me is a genuinely edgy track driven by some cracking guitar riffs and virtually whispered vocals. It’s not as beat-driven as normal and is possibly the most haunting and atmospheric song The Rapture have put down to date. It’s great.

The Sound, meanwhile, quickens the pace considerably – dropping some floor-filling beats and pulse-quickening electronics that would make The Chemical Brothers jealous. It’s another notable change of style that works wonders for the album.

And then final track Live In Sunshine really ends things in satisfying fashion, emerging as a breathtaking fusion of psychedelic guitars and hazy beats that, quite possibly, marks The Rapture’s finest hour to date.

It’s an epic final track that fully realises the band’s newfound maturity, their stronger sense of songwriting and a fresh perspective on Luke Jenner’s distinct vocals.

It ensures that Pieces of the People We Love is a sophomore recording of genuine quality that’s well worth getting acquainted with.

Album listening party

Track listing:
1. Don Gon Do It
2. Pieces Of The People We Love
3. Get Myself Into It
4. First Gear
5. Devil
6. Whoo Alright Yah Uh Huh
7. Calling Me
8. Down For So Long
9. Sound
10. Live In Sunshine