Echoes - The Rapture
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  • Summary: The Brooklyn band's dance/punk/80s hybrid debut follows months of hype and anticipation fed by several years of touring. Included here is the single "House Of Jealous Lovers."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. This is mannerist DOR more accomplished and less sentimental than its sources.
  2. This perceived, grand-scheme "Importance" of Echoes is irrelevant: what matters is that it wants you to get off your ass and work it, and that you will be thrilled to oblige.
  3. Luke Jenner's vocals may drive you insane, but he is to be ignored anyway. Echoes is all about perp-walking bass, funky white-boy cowbell, and enough brain-goring good guitar riffs to make Keith Richards collapse in amazement.
  4. The Rapture's much-anticipated Echoes doesn't represent a significant landmark along the way, but its pastiche-like approach to early-'80s Anglophilia is promising.
  5. 70
    If The Rapture haven't quite transcended their influences yet, they are at least making a thrilling, febrile noise on the way. [Sep 2003, p.106]
  6. Bottom line: Some great beats propping up a not-so-tight band, making it sound much cooler than it actually is.
  7. For every badass mind-fuck like “Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks”, there are twice as many unlistenable duds in the band’s arsenal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. liz
    Oct 1, 2004
    10
    This album has really grown on me. It has become one of my favorites.
  2. LeonardoF
    Oct 25, 2005
    10
    a classic!
  3. MihaiV
    Aug 17, 2006
    10
    This album is a classic. I love it. I hope they won't dissapoint with their next.
  4. MikeO
    Oct 21, 2003
    9
    The Rapture rise above the rest of their dance-punk peers by NOT resorting to retro-band status. I never get the feeling of "DON'T YOU The Rapture rise above the rest of their dance-punk peers by NOT resorting to retro-band status. I never get the feeling of "DON'T YOU JUST LOVE [I]EIGHTIES[/I] MUSIC??" that ADULT., I Am the World Trade Center or countless other bands fall into. The Rapture realize that guitar/bass/drums just doesn't cut it anymore and they are smart enough to know that with rock in danger of becoming obsolete, revisiting its past isn't the best way to accomplish things. Echoes is far and away the most exciting debut of the year. My only gripe is I think the Rapture may have "blown it" by constantly pushing back the akbum's release date. I mean, it's October 2003. I haven't seen an "electroclash' feature in almost a year. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2011
    8
    I thoroughly enjoyed Echoes. The Rapture has a very distinct sound to there music. It sounds fresh and different. The heavy use of cow-bellI thoroughly enjoyed Echoes. The Rapture has a very distinct sound to there music. It sounds fresh and different. The heavy use of cow-bell and some really astonishing bass solos just add to this great album. Every song sounds great especially "Echoes". Easily the standout track on this album. All In All, Echoes is a great album and The Rapture are a really good band. B+ Expand
  6. TimS
    Jan 30, 2004
    7
    This is a good cd, and its refreshing to hear dance tunes played by actual musicians. Unfortunately, the lead vocalist can't sing worth This is a good cd, and its refreshing to hear dance tunes played by actual musicians. Unfortunately, the lead vocalist can't sing worth a damn. Crap singing brings the whole band down. Expand
  7. BenJ
    Oct 23, 2003
    4
    A very weak album by a fairly poor band. DFA supply enough production skill to pull a handlful of tunes out of the slump, but this is a third A very weak album by a fairly poor band. DFA supply enough production skill to pull a handlful of tunes out of the slump, but this is a third rate band making a below par album. Expand

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