Capture / Release Original recording remastered
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There is also a pessimistic slant to the lyrics; it is not your run of the mill happy punky rock album. I'm not a lyric man, I'll be honest and say I miss the point a lot of the time, but the lyrics are quality throughout the album, it is really a social commentary of London life, I'd liken it to the type of narration The Streets use. Sung, not spoken though. Similar type of topics as Hard-Fi are also producing too, It seems Mike Skinner take on the public and places around him have become a major influence in British music.
These boys have lent heavily on their influences and along with the aforementioned punk rock gods they sound like they have much respect for The Libertines. Something familiar also hit me throughout the album, and it is the likeness to Bloc Party with their clever use of electronic production gives this album a definite edge. It certainly fits in well with what Bloc Party have achieved but with and extra punch of aggression.
As debuts go this is pretty outstanding. Although, I do feel they have a broad set of influences to capture the largest market area.
I didn't get it at first, took a couple of listens before it sounded good, be aware of this and it will grow on you. All in all it is a thumbs up from me.
Like :- Clash, Gang Of Four, Bloc Party, The Libertines
Standout tracks : Strasbourg. Retreat. Open Book. Terror. Work Work Work
Rating : 8/10
This album is one of pure class from end to end with the stand out tracks being Strasbourg, Retreat, 22 Grand Job and Terror. My personel favourite however is track number 4 Open Book. This song has a very catchy hook and its just got me going so to speak.
You will probably hear comparisons to Ian Curtis of Joy Division in regards to the front man but I cannot see where these comparisons spring from, while Joy Division will send you reaching for the knife the Rakes will make you want to dance and in my case anyway smile.
This album does have its faults though with some of the tracks not being as effective as the other stands out but in general though this is a magnificent debut and one that is worthy of your money.
Not so, with The Rakes. From the opening blast of Strasbourg where their early 80's new wave punk influences are made self-evident, it is clear that this is a band that plays with passion and energy and likes it loud. But, they are far from a one-trick pony and the wonderful Retreat and 22 Grand Job show a keen (much better than a Keane!) ear for a good strong hook and both songs will creep into your cranium where they will stay on continuous play for days on end. The rest of the album demonstrates a definite knack for writing strong accessible (without being overly obvious) hooks and riffs. The rhythm section are astightasthis and the guitar is expressive and memorable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Run of the mill indie stuff. Nothing special; you've heard better and you've heard worse.Published 23 months ago by Mr. Stuart Holloway
This album is a mustttttt have!!!!! But I recently brought it for £1 in poundland.. with the same 'extra tracks'!!Published on 30 Dec. 2012 by HayleyHead
Capture/Release is a fun shouty post punk/garage album. All the songs are decent, with 'Strasbourg' being not only the stand out track but a good song in it's own right. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2011 by TH
I would suggest not to take this album on first impressions, I initially purchased it upon recommendation from a newspaper review. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2009 by Mr. M. E. Bennett
This album opens with three brilliant tracks in 'Strasbourg', 'Retreat' and my favourite '22 grand job'. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2007 by Paul O'brien
I was a big fan of the rakes until Epworth got involved. The production on this album is very dissapointing. It has a 'rushed out' feel to it. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2006 by L. Humphreys
The album starts with a cracking song 'Strasbourg' which is one of the best on the album. Very listenable and i just can't wait to play it again which, in a way, is a bad thing... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2006 by S. Johnson
this is by far one of the best albums I own, there is not a bad song on here, every single one is great. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2006 by Alexis Bulgarium
I bought this album because my friend recommended it to me, i really didn't think it was anything special at first. Read morePublished on 25 May 2006 by E. Baker