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The Rapture
Pieces Of The People We Love
Universal Motown Records

The Rapture developed a reputation for being post-punk revivalists with their debut effort Mirror in 1999 and their proceeding full length albums Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks in 2001 on Sub Pop Records and Echoes in 2003 on Vertigo Records. But their latest discography installment Pieces Of The People We Love on Universal Motown Records is satisfying with a funk-pop spectrum of party anthems flavored with Brit-pop grooves and new wave boosters. Turning to contemporary dance-pop producers Brian Joseph Burton, better known as Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley), Ewan Pearson (Goldfrapp, The Chemical Brothers), and Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Babyshambles), The Rapture were able to give sun-dried pop punk melodies a shot of tequila and jalapeño swagger in their perky synth shakes, jaunty vocal movements, frolicking guitar swizzles, and connecting rhythm sashays.

Their music is fertile with neo glam-rock masts likened to Louis XIV and electro-pop funnels with correlations to Editors and Shiny Toy Guns. The Rapture have funk-pop phrasings riding along neo-punk glades that do more than revive their predecessors like Interpol, they lay out new facades to emulate. Numbers like "Whoo! Alright Yeah Uh Huh" and "The Devil" do more than have a fluorescent rock gleam likened to the UK's Klaxons and Kaiser Chiefs, the songs display soul in the vocal movements, punk in their sprints, and funky intonations in their jabs. The Rapture also integrates world music elements into their electro-pop sheens. There is a mid-eastern accent in some of their dance-funk synth sails like on the tracks "Don Gon Do It" and "Live In Sunshine." Their synth-pop designs are multi-faceted sometimes having an acid/club funk strut like "The Sound" or a futuristic vibe like on "Down For So Long" which has the dance-funk radiance of LCD Soundsystem. The looser spiraling synth action of "Calling Me" has a soft punk scheme embossing the guitar echoes and effects and emotive vocals that latch onto the sleek jumps in the movements.

Settled in New York City, The Rapture's electro-pop montage is surfeit with fun and uplifting jolts. The blitz of guitar effects and vocal sprees of lead singer/guitarist Luke Jenner are lodged by vaunting rhythms by bassist Matt Safer, who shares in the lead vocal duties on 5 of the tracks, and drummer Vito Roccoforte. Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi adds scintillating tones and textures to the band's dance-punk plexus. The synth flicks have a new wave slant and the bass and guitar licks have a party-punk girth. The music congeals punk-rock with funk and soul vibrations. Its theme is music that gets you off your feet and have fun.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. Don Gon Do It
2. Pieces Of The People We Love
3. Get Myself Into It
4. First Gear
5. The Devil
6. Whoo! Alright Yeah Uh Huh
7. Calling Me
8. Down For So Long
9. The Sound
10. Live In Sunshine

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