Echoes

Echoes

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by The Rapture
     
 

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One 12," produced and released by the DFA, transformed the Rapture from a benign indie band into hot hot sh*t. Once "House of Jealous Lovers" -- a horrifically mangled jolt with a viscous rhythmic vroom as dynamite as anything from the late-'70s U.K. post-punk bands -- took hold in the underground, anticipation forSee more details below

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One 12," produced and released by the DFA, transformed the Rapture from a benign indie band into hot hot sh*t. Once "House of Jealous Lovers" -- a horrifically mangled jolt with a viscous rhythmic vroom as dynamite as anything from the late-'70s U.K. post-punk bands -- took hold in the underground, anticipation for this album built, built, and kept on building. Has the wait paid off? Yes and no. It has, in a sense, because that single seemed like a case of capturing lightning in a bottle -- a one-off that would define an otherwise extremely average band -- and Echoes ably proves that it was no fluke. The wait hasn't paid off, in a sense, because hype turned Echoes into a monolithic event when, in truth, it turns out that only half of it proves "House of Jealous Lovers" to be no fluke. The lesser half nearly chokes the album, as it casts the Rapture as the same rickety band that it was before the rebirth. "Open Up Your Heart," daringly placed as the third track, is a hollow, momentum-killing piano ballad; on "Love Is All," multiple Southern boogie elements prove to be a mismatch; "Infatuation" closes the album with a murmur. Another detracting feature is the overuse of Luke Jenner's Robert Smith, which is oftentimes more glaring than Paul Banks' Ian Curtis and Jack White's Robert Plant put together. However, when the band is on, it is on. Nearly toppling their previous best, "I Need Your Love" is propelled by a relentlessly thumping backbeat, an unshakable keyboard vamp, and gurgling keyboards -- it's the band's second stroke of indie-dance genius. "The Coming of Spring" is another frantic neo-post-punk slasher, with wonderfully needling guitars cleaved by a Nuggets-worthy breakdown. Lastly, opener "Olio" will be pure heaven for those who secretly wished that Chicago house legend Larry Heard would one day swap out Robert Owens in favor of Robert Smith. These flashes of greatness don't quite add up to what could have been, but the album as a whole is still quite exceptional.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
Echoes is the big payback, fusing mean guitars and disco trance for a ferocious new breed of punk funk.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498654477
catalogNumber:
000128302
Rank:
50172

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Performance Credits

Rapture   Primary Artist
James Murphy   Multi Instruments
Tim Goldsworthy   Multi Instruments
Luke Jenner   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Matt Safer   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Vito Roccoforte   Percussion,Drums
Gabriel Andruzzi   Percussion,Saxophone
Tyler Brodie   Background Vocals
Pete Caffarella   Keyboards
Helen Stickler   Background Vocals
Amber Lasciak   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Alan Douches   Mastering
James Murphy   Programming,Engineer
Kevin Westenberg   Cover Photo
Rapture   Producer
Trevor Jackson   Art Direction,Image Manipulation
Tim Goldsworthy   Programming,Engineer
DFA   Producer
Gareth Bayiss   Assistant Art Director

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