The Rapture - Echoes
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2003 Ratings: #144 / 290
User Score
Based on 123 ratings
2003 Ratings: #72
Liked by 1 person
October 21, 2003 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mercury / Strummer / Label
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Olio - 77
Heaven - 69
Open up Your Heart - 65
I Need Your Love - 81
The Coming of Spring - 68
House of Jealous Lovers - 95
Echoes - 68
Killing - 77
Sister Saviour - 90
Love is All - 71
Infatuation - 87
Based on the descriptions, I thought I’d be really into this, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. It’s very ‘of its time,’ which I don’t mind since I have a soft spot for early/mid 2000s rock, but the beats are a bit too bare for my taste and Luke Jenner’s high delivery did little to sell them. There’s a few gems in the second half that kept me from outright not enjoying the record, but overall it’s pretty middle of the road for me.
Taking the beat and structures of electronic dance, and playing said beat with a post-punk band , is how one may shelve the sound of The Rapture, at least on this record. In a sense, they're an example of an archetypal dance punk band, having catchy guitar rhythms alongside groovy basslines, perhaps to the purest degree, at least compared to the more garage Franz Ferdinand, more alt-rock Bloc Party, or the more minimalist bass drum groups like Death From Above, but that does go over the ... read more
I Need Your Love,The Coming Of Spring,House Of Jealous Lovers,Echoes,Sister Saviour
#1 album of the year for pfork back in 2003 when they still mainly liked 'indie rock', this band was the hot shit for a minute no doubt. Luke Jenner doesn't have my favorite voice ever, but it fits well enough.

'House of Jealous Lovers' is def one of the better dance punk tunes from this era. The thing you really need to understand about dance punk was that the stuffy ass early 2000's indie kids had no choice but to get down to this type of shit.
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