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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like Bez, only not rubbish, 15 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Echoes (Audio CD)
"The Disco Strokes". What, I ask you, were we meant to make of that? It's the same old story: perfectly decent band pushes all the right fashion buttons, gets wildly over-simplified by the hungry media, and - usually - ends up in a bloody pulp on the proverbial floor, mashed to death by merciless hype and rabid nay-sayers. Don't get me wrong, I was mightily impressed by the hip-shakin' bulldozer that is "House of Jealous Lovers". But let's get real here - how could you expect the (uuugggh) "Disco Strokes" to be anything other than a sorry bunch of Gang of Four-aping fashion victims?
As soon as I heard "Olio" I knew I was wrong. Here was a thing of true beauty: the mournful piano, the deep, bubbling synths and the haunting vocal howls all swirling together in a dark, throbbing brew that added a whole new dimension to my personal vision of these arty New York scenesters. And, hearing "Echoes" for the first time, I was delighted to find that this raw pathos stretches accross the whole album: from lean, aggressive funk to subdued, disturbing ballads. I found a record truly in love with the romance of music: adorned with eclectic influences and in love with its own musical gifts, but not afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve and get the listener where it hurts.
"Echoes" is a world where edgy, rattling dancepunk ("The Coming of Spring", "Heaven") and dense, wrenching melancholy ("Open Up Your Heart", "Infatuation") snuggle up comfortably and invite you in with a grin. The first nine tracks are sequenced together, which does a great deal for the record's atmosphere: it's like some strange, introverted loft party. "I Need Your Love" recalls the heady, synth-laden daze of New Order's "Technique", while "Sister Saviour"'s grinding keyboard and cutting guitar is closer to a coked-up Duran Duran. And the DFA's astonishing production is the perfect complement: digitised lo-fi one minute, drugged-up dream the next ("Love Is All").
But if there's any criticism to be made, it has to be that, on the occasion, the band mask unnacomplished songs with their blistering arrangements and blinding array of sonic colours. It's a masking job that's done mighty well, though, and you'll hardly notice that, beneath the thrilling layers of staggering bass and biting guitar, the title track isn't really that strong. It's not there's a single bad song here - more that, every so often, when you want the band to truly soar, they can't quite realise their evidently devastating potential.
Of course, that's nothing more than an insignificant gripe. "Echoes" is one of the finest albums of the year, and - considering how much it's been delayed - you can't help but feel The Rapture must be well on their way to being the very best. "Echoes" is everything we should be demanding of pop music today. It's danceable but curiously hostile, tense but somehow yielding. It's zealous, imaginative and heartfelt. But, above all, it's entertainment. Someone phone Sonic Youth: there's trouble a-brewin'.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rapture- Echoes, 2 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Echoes (Audio CD)
With the emergance of the recent new york music scene craze these new york disco punks finally come to the surface with long awaited release of their new album 'Echoes'.
Bringing guitars into the world of dance, it includes the massive club anthem "House of Jealous Lovers", and old favourite "Olio", which has been re-recorded from its original form on "Mirrors" to merge with the new rhythmatic feel of "Echoes".
To sum it up, you have to own this album! They are without doubt the freshest, coolest sounding band on earth, buy 'Echoes' and dance, dance, dance!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars therapture finally hit the big time, 3 Feb. 2004
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Ooops! Another genre of music has been created.
You've got to check this album out, it has some brilliant tracks on it, it has a dance-rock feel to it, espeically on tracks like 'house of jealous lovers' and sister saviour
Heavily influenced by bands like The Clash and Radio 4
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open up you heart, 28 April 2004
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This review is from: Echoes (Audio CD)
I went to see The Rapture in Leeds and have to say they are undoubtedlythe best live band ever, everyone in the crowd was converted!
They'rebeautiful and their music is an experience in itself, makes me wanna takeof my clothes and dance in the rain....
....just buy this album.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, new, Brilliant, 17 Dec. 2003
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A superb fresh new album. Sounds a bit like The Cure meets, meets Siouxsie & the Banshees, meets Chemical Brothers, meets; no wrong, they meet no one, they sound Fresh, different and modern.
Great Album, you must get it and listen for yourself
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