Echoes

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic 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. Uncut
    90
    A record which transcends any scene's fleeting credibility. [Oct 2003, p.122]
  3. Outburn
    90
    When you strip away all of the hype and everything you've heard about The Rapture, one thing still remains: Echoes is outstanding. [#23, p.98]
  4. Almost by accident, it seems, The Rapture have pulled it off: the album of the year.
  5. 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.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Sounds fresher and more diverse than previous releases or live shows would've suggested. [Listen 2 This supplement, Oct 2003, p.14]
  7. 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.
  8. Echoes ultimately showcases a more sophisticated, restrained, and successful take on the fusion of guitar riffs and electronic beats.
  9. Urb
    80
    While a handful of tracks may... seem familiar to fans of PiL, Dinosaur L, ESG and Primal Scream, Echoes manages much more than aping influences. [Oct 2003, p.83]
  10. Planet
    80
    Filled with thoughtful electronic counterpoint and personable songs. [#5, p.104]
  11. Q Magazine
    80
    Not quite a masterpiece, Echoes still shows why New York rock currently feels a million times more exciting than Britain's woefully safe equivalent. [Oct 2003, p.114]
  12. Blender
    70
    With so many hip people in the studio, it's no wonder Echoes sounds like such a party. [Nov 2003, p.119]
  13. What makes Echoes more than the sum of its inspirations... is that the band audibly, valiantly struggle to create something bigger than they are.
  14. Fus[es] mean guitars and disco trance for a ferocious new breed of punk funk.
  15. The Rapture may not quite be wholly heavenly, but they've made an album that's entirely admirable and often lovable.
  16. Mojo
    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]
  17. 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.
  18. Spin
    67
    Unfortunately, many of the underdeveloped rockers and plaintive ballads here are dance-floor-clearing duds. [Nov 2003, p.111]
  19. Bottom line: Some great beats propping up a not-so-tight band, making it sound much cooler than it actually is.
  20. Sure, the group can rock out at moments, but the majority of the 11 tracks on this release just feel warmed-over. They feel like they've been reworked countless times to make them better (and they have), but instead of actually making the tracks better, the life and vitality was sucked out of them.
  21. These flashes of greatness don't quite add up to what could have been, but the album as a whole is still quite exceptional.
  22. Echoes works only when it grasps punk-funk's spirit, rather than its sound.
  23. You say you don't give a shit about lyrics? That's good; most of Echoes' lyrics aren't worth giving a shit about.
  24. 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.
  25. Under The Radar
    30
    An astonishingly boring band. [#5, p.103]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 12, 2012
    9
    A album that no one's expected, but everyone had hope that it would arise. Dance-punk in its roots, with some easygoing songs, but there'sA album that no one's expected, but everyone had hope that it would arise. Dance-punk in its roots, with some easygoing songs, but there's nothing wrong with it. Full Review »
  2. 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+ Full Review »
  3. MihaiV
    Aug 17, 2006
    10
    This album is a classic. I love it. I hope they won't dissapoint with their next.