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  • Audio CD (18 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000H9HX40
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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For their second album, Pieces of the People We Love, the Rapture once again prove that nobody does British dance-rock better than these four young men from Brooklyn. If anything, Pieces... takes their disco-punk hybrid even farther than their 2003 debut, Echoes, with tracks like "Don Gon Do It" and "First Gear" sounding like a cheekier and more cheerful Primal Scream. The Rapture have a reputation as a great live band, and this album was recorded during breaks in their touring schedule--as a result, Pieces... doesn't have the same coherence as their last album. But in no way is this a criticism. Instead, their second album seems to be separated into different themes. And so, the title track and "The Devil" sound like the later (and better-produced) New Wave songs of the 1980s, while first single "Get Myself Into It" and "Whoo! Alright - Yeah... Uh-huh" are shameless electro / disco tracks. Most surprisingly, however, are two of the songs tucked towards the end of the album: "Down for So Long" has a long, slow build-up into a song that could have come off of U2's Achtung Baby or even Zooropa, and this segues perfectly into the Edge-like guitar intro of "The Sound". It's a bold move for a hip, young band, and it suggests that stadium greatness is just in reach for the Rapture. --Ted Kord

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...Yup, if your one of those headnodders at the side of gig like me, then this will make you dance. Peices of the People We Love, is just one funky record, and while it is not perfect in many ways (the last half while not bad - is no way as good as the beginning), the gems it contains more than make up for it. A much more polished and accessible record, compared to their 2003 debut Echoes, and while they may have parted company with architects of their sound, the DFA, they have lost none of their fun and ear for a tune. There are just a great number of songs on here, from first track "Don Gon Do it" to the funkalicious "Get Myself Into It" and the catchy and irrestiable, "The Devil" to the big barrrel of fun that is "Whoo! Alright - Yeah...Uh Huh." Get this record and you will dance... and if it doesn't you can tell Luke Jenner's mommy....

Highlights...

Don Gon Do It - Track 1

Get Myself Into It - Track 3

First Gear - Track 4

The Devil - Track 5

Whoo! Alright - Yeah...Uh Huh. - Track 6
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Echoes was such a good album, it would have been very easy for the Rapture to rest on their laurels.

Not a bit of it. This album is more together than Echoes, more funky, more pschedelic and dare I say it .... better produced.

I know the blasphemy I just uttered might upset the DFA fans out there (of which I am one), but Ewan Pearson et al do a fantastic job. The mix is clean fat and punchy, the only really flat sounding tune is the title track which is produced by Danger Mouse (lay off the compressors a bit!). Fortunately his style of production fits this particular song so it doesn't take anything away.

The guitar parts are fresh, jagged and interesting, there are some very melodic slow tunes and really interesting beats and lyrics. The bass lines go from crazy twanged out noises to full on pumping disco.

All in all a good mixed bag of tunes, played with a healthy spoonful of funky enthusiasm with some top drawer production, so much so that my toes are sore from tapping along to it.

In fact if you don't like a single song on it...I'll eat my hat.

Album of the year. Long live The Rapture!
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This, my Amazon-review reading friends, is a real contender for record of the year. That accolade was something lacked by debut, `Echoes' which had some very strong tracks including one of the singles of the new millennium `House of Jealous Lovers'. As a coherent album though, `Echoes' was too full of peaks and troughs, it wasn't even the best album of it's type that year...(Radio 4's `Gotham!' took that honour for me)

Fast forward 3 years, and the NY quartet return with `Pieces of the People We Love'. It sounds straight away like the album `Echoes' should have been. A much more coherent, consistent record than it's predecessor, `Pieces...' in turns prowls, screams, caresses and exhilarates. In some ways, too, it's a much more British album. `Calling Me' has Chemical Brother-esque breakbeats, and there are Gang of Four and PiL references scattered all over the place. There's even hints of British glam in the cracking title track.

I suppose you could argue that there whole ethos is based in the British post-punk sound, but `Echoes' was so New York (DFA's influence?) that this sounds like an entirely different beast. The killer dance tracks are still there, `Get Myself Into It', complete with gratuitous swearing, is the lead-off, insanely catchy single. The infamous cowbell-craziness is in effect on the wonderfully titled `Whoo! Alright Yeah...Uh Huh' and that's as close as it gets to being `Echoes'-type Rapture.

From there-on, the sound is almost melancholy. The two closers, `The Sound' and `Live In Sunshine' are moving, grown-up, fully realised songs and represent just how far The Rapture have come, sonically. In fact, I think `Live In Sunshine' could be the greatest song they have written yet...
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There's a polish to this album that wasn't present on Echoes, though I don't think that in this sense, it is terribly flattering. If I'm honest, what attracted me to Echoes was the unevenness, the jagged edges. Echoes was full of energy, and in comparison, Pieces of People we Love feels like that energy has been tamed. The vocals on Echoes were strangled, shrieking, the instruments occasionally head-ache inducingly sharp and uneven. There is no House of Jealous Lovers or I Need Your Love on this album.

But it is still well worth a listen to. On the basis of this album alone, The Rapture is still head and shoulders above boring also-rans like The Bravery. In relation to the previous album, much of the tunes follow the template set by the track Sister Saviour; well produced electro-pop, like an updated version of Depeche Mode. There's still an edge here and there in the album, but largely this is an album more suitable for mainstream consumption.
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