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The Rapture: Luke Jenner (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Mattie Safer (vocals, keyboards, bass, percussion); Gabriel Andruzzi (saxophone, percussion); Vito Roccoforte (drums, percussion).

Recorded at Plantain Recording House, New York, New York.

If you're so inclined, it's easy to play spot-the-influence with the Rapture, one of the best of New York City's neo-punk-funk crop. One track suggests Robert Smith fronting the Pop Group, another evokes a collision between A Certain Ratio and New Order, etc. But that approach would entail missing the forest for the trees. Like millions of bands before them, the Rapture leaves a trail of its musical inspirations, but this isn't 1981, and ECHOES is very much of its own time.

The band started out as a more abrasive, jagged, Wire/Fall-like outfit without much of a groove, but starting with their world-beating single "House of Jealous Lovers," they began turning toward a danceable, atmospheric sound (with the help of the DFA production crew). Accordingly, ECHOES is a smorgasbord of funky, elastic basslines, percolating synthesizers, and angular guitar riffs, all artfully arranged for maximum bite. Atop it all, Luke Jenner's angst-ridden yelp insures that no matter how self-assured the framework, an aura of emotional upheaval will always skew the Rapture's balance toward the unpredictable.

What the critics say...

Rolling Stone (10/30/03, p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The Rapture go for lean, jagged beats, all forward momentum and nervous aggression. Their long-awaited ECHOES is the big payback, fusing mean guitars and disco trance for a ferocious new breed of punk funk..."
Q (01/01/04, p.79) - Ranked #27 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003"
Q (10/03, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It's a party worth attending....Singer Luke Jenner remains a bracing presence..."
Uncut (01/04, pp.84-7) - Ranked #50 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003" - "This album drifts seamlessly from track to track..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Olio
  2. Heaven
  3. Open Up Your Heart
  4. I Need Your Love
  5. Coming Of Spring, The
  6. House Of Jealous Lovers
  7. Echoes
  8. Killing
  9. Sister Savior
  10. Love Is All
  11. Infatuation
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2007
Universal Records (USA)
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