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In The Grace Of Your Love [CD]

The Rapture Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dfa
  • ASIN: B0057FWSN0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sail Away
2. Miss You
3. Blue Bird
4. Come Back To Me
5. In the Grace of Your Love
6. Never Gonna Die Again
7. Roller Coaster
8. Children
9. Can You Find A Way?
10. How Deep Is Your Love?
11. It Takes Time To Be A Man

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BBC Review

Things have not gone well for The Rapture since their Next Big Thing moment a decade ago. The New York-based then-quartet were the first band on the block to blend late-70s/early-80s post-punk with late-80s dance, providing the missing link between the hipster synth revival of the short-lived electroclash sub-genre and the more accessible pleasures of nu-rave. They made one classic, game-changing single in House of Jealous Lovers, an album, 2003's Echoes, which almost lived up to it, and then� the inevitable. A third album, 2006's Pieces of the People We Love, which threw too many hip producers (including Danger Mouse and Paul Epworth) at too few memorable songs. Cue five years of missing in action, the usual label chaos, and a lost key member in bassist/vocalist Matty Safer.

They return as a trio comprising Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte and Gabriel Andruzzi on the DFA label run by the producers, James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, who were vital collaborators in their early years; and as a distant memory for an indie scene that has spent 10 years taking all their best ideas and running with them. It's unlikely that the average Killers fan has any clue who they are.

Sadly, one suspects that In the Grace of Your Love is unlikely to make things better. Overseen by Phoenix producer Philippe Zdar, it comprises 11 tracks that sound like intros in search of songs. It is bland of lyric and tinny of sound. The rhythms plod alarmingly. It feels like the work of surprisingly limited musicians who are still rooted in an obsession with sounding like old records they enjoy, which was exciting years ago when you thought no one else was listening to PiL or The Cure or Marshall Jefferson, but now that you know that everyone is, you figure that a group that has been together for 13 years should perhaps find their own sound. It attempts to find an 'uplifting' mood, part rave, part festival sing-along, but feels desperate and undeveloped, as if someone had compiled a series of short happy-clappy indie-rock hooks designed for use on mobile phone ads and the final valedictory scenes in teen soaps. The title-track copies Hot Chip both blatantly and badly, and some of the hands-in-the-air sentiments have a slightly creepy Christian rock feel.

Good points? Luke Jenner's needy yelp is still instantly recognizable and hard to dislike. There's a neat, out-of-place accordion loop in the first half of Come Back to Me. But that's about it - and as someone who loved this band, it's no pleasure revealing its numerous negatives. "I'll see you on the other side," Jenner howls on Blue Bird, a failed attempt to mix Mott the Hoople and shoegaze droning. Not if I see you first.

--Garry Mulholland

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New 2011 album from New York art-rockers on Modular Recordings! Includes 'How Deep Is Your Love'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars their best album yet? 15 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
The BBC review of the album is a very strange choice if Amazon want to actually sell it, since it is written by someone who clearly just did not get this album! If you go to 'metacritic' you will see an unusually wide range of opinions - including lots of good reviewers who think very highly of it, as I do. Obviously the Rapture's sound is not as new today as when they started, but Jenner's singing style remains unique and utterly compelling - and with maturity the songs have (if possible) gained in depth and emotional authenticity. While dealing with serious topics such as loss and death (though also renewal and love) the music is beautiful and uplifting and so ultimately positive. While the strong spiritual dimension of the album is expressed in Christian terms, this is not 'god-rock' - anyone who has swum in the sea, watched a great sunrise or danced in the rain at a festival can relate to the feelings of 'grace' and togetherness that Jenner celebrates. The sound is more stripped down the last album and this really suits the band's style of simplicity and directness. There are too many good tracks to list, and although not fast-paced many of them make me want to get up and dance, and in summary I think this is possibly their best album yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 14 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I listen to this a lot and it never gets old. The Cure meets The Strokes perhaps? A bit heady in parts, but I like that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grace 5 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great album from an amazing band. 1st time I listened to it I only like 2-3 tracks now every track make me sing and smile ear to ear!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Improves with each listen 28 Oct 2011
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
As a big fan of The Rapture and after reading poor reviews of their latest helping I thought I'd give it a chance. I agreed with the poor reviews at first, nothing grabbed me at all. I'm one of few fans who preferred 'Pieces of the People We Love' to 'Echoes' so thought I'd enjoy another helping of their more upbeat, poppy style, but I didn't. Maybe I shouldn't have read those reviews. I listen 2 more times then found myself singing along. It's great. If you're longing for the darker, earier sounds of their early stuff you're out of luck, this is for fans of their later work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave it so long next time 27 Sep 2011
By Boboon
Format:Audio CD
Is 5 years too long between albums? If the musics good then does it matter? Luckily for Rapture fans then it doesn't seem to because first impressions are good, I've only had a handful of listens in full but there are some very strong 'classics' in the making, not too dissimilar to the old stuff but some how different enough, even newcomers to 'that rapture sound' should find enough to get them hooked/excited. Think the DFA (James Murphy) touch has revived the sound, let's hope the futures kind to the band, still going strong after some bad press & falling out behind the scenes! 'Sail Away', 'Come Back To Me', 'In The Grace of... & the amazing 'How Deep Is Your Love' are real stand out tracks & I'm sure the others will get better & better with more listens... Just need to book tickets to go see them live now :)
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