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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: 5554149170
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "atlk" on 24 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
1974-76 NYC had its own sound thanks to Maxs, CGBG and Mercer. The Rapture have tried to re-style that sound, not in the way the strokes have, as they are more detroit garage. The singer could be tom verlaine in the making and the music is similiar to the voidoids.
The songs are catchy but this isnt the perfect album as some of the songs arent 100%. Doesnt mean that this still cant be a brilliant album. Its for somebody who liked the NYC sound that is now being rediscovered. Not a bad alternative to the strokes, but suprisingly less hype. Well thats commercialisation and having the right money from art school for you.
Give them a listen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Intermittently awesome 6 Feb. 2004
By Elliott Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Rapture is kind of an exciting band. The terms "dance punk" and "disco punk" get thrown around a lot when people describe them. Those descriptions are apt in the right context.
The music on "out of the races and onto the tracks" is built around snarling garage guitar, screaming vocals, jumpy bass, and fast treble-y drums. The disco label undoubtedly refers to Matty Safer's upbeat bass work, and is most evident on the catchy, passionate title track. If you're the kind of person that'll buy a CD for one song, give track one a listen, then place your order.
If you're a little more discerning or budget conscious, you might want to be wary of the rest of the album. "Modern Romance" and "Caravan" combine obnoxious punk with early psychedelic influences more along the lines of Iron Butterfly and Ten Years After than Studio 54 denizens. "The Pop Song" offers a noise-pop build-up that disintegrates into falsetto misery.
The Rapture is a little hard to listen to but also promising. I wouldn't say that they're an incredibly original band (compare track one with Gang of Four's "Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time"), but with their melange of influences, they do some things no other band is doing. Worth a listen, but probably not a purchase for most music listeners.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Release 7 Jun. 2001
By Ryan Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This new release by the Rapture is some of the best stuff I have ever heard by them, in my opinion there is only one weak song and even still it is not a song I skip over when listening to the CD. If you ever get the chance see these guys live; they are amazing. Much better than they are on any recording. This recording though does a good job a capturing the energy they have in a live proformance. The Vocals are screamier than they have been on previous releases. This is an excellent record, This band is definitly in a league of their own.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
There is hope for innovation! 5 May 2003
By Eel Nor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My ears pricked up to this song when I rented a DVD of the film, The Rules of Attraction (a really great low-brow art piece).This group swung my tired old butt back to like 1980, when I used to listened to about 8 bands a week in small clubs. (R.E.M., Ramones, Black Flag, ....)Some of those bands set the tone for the end of the 20th century. Rapture is as fresh and potent and they will surely take us back to a new renaissance of independant creativity. Their minimalist approach to playing real instruments, sounds like they just invented the concept.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
disco punk! 21 Oct. 2002
By kuga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
if you liked gang of four, get this one. also check out radio 4 and stuff by the DFA!
Excellent 16 April 2004
By Justin Arter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Out of the Races and On to the Tracks" is an awesome collection high strung tunes ranging from the dancy self-titled track, to the angry, raw, and powerful track entitled "The Jam". The songs all seem to fade into eachother as if the album were one long trip through groovy depths Hell (The album is in no way satanic, just chaotic, and that's why I say hell). It's dance, it's hip, it's poetic, it's artsy, and chaotic, what can I say? I really dig this album. But it took me a while to have the patients for it. That is why I give it 4 stars. Overall...it's an amazing album.
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