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  • Summary: The New York trio releases their fourth album of dance punk.
  • Record Label: DFA
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Sep 6, 2011
    84
    I will say In The Grace of Your Love makes the last five years without The Rapture seem a lot more empty, sometimes you don't know what you're missing until it returns.
  2. Aug 19, 2011
    80
    The handclap stomp of "Miss You" explodes at just the right moment, while the house-music piano of "How Deep Is Your Love?" proves the boys' club credentials remain intact.
  3. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    The Rapture have picked themselves up with a third album packed with ragged romps every bit as joyous as "house Of Jealous Lovers," their 2002 breakthrough. [Oct 2011, p.95]
  4. Aug 29, 2011
    70
    It's not a difficult or aloof album, but there is a cool precision that feels different to the choppy punkiness of old.
  5. Sep 8, 2011
    70
    The result, for its few flaws and its exhilarations, at the very least, sounds fantastic, production-wise; Grace finds the band melding tooth-ground guitar assaults; '80s throwback candy pop; fluttery house templates; dusty, almost Stax-worthy soul getaways and sample-laced electro throbs into an album willing to sacrifice sonic exactitude for a mélange of sounds, tempos and genre exercises that still feels very much of a singular-albeit kaleidoscopic-piece.
  6. Sep 1, 2011
    60
    Some of the songs like 'Miss You' and 'In The Grace of Your Love' have genuinely good moments and are enjoyable whilst they last. However, it's hard to escape the feeling that this is a band struggling to define themselves in a musical context that no longer needs them.
  7. Sep 6, 2011
    30
    Next to his material, In the Grace of Your Love sounds as forgettable as the dozens of nameless bands who came in Echoes's wake. The Rapture could still regroup on their next record, but it's difficult to see where they'd go from here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 8, 2011
    9
    Five years and a lot of drama have passed since the last record, "Pieces of the People We Love". First Luke quit, then Luke came back with new sense of purpose. Then Matt quit. Anyone hoping for another "Echoes" or "Pieces" might be disappointed at first. As "Pieces" only held hints of "Echoes", "In The Grace..." has reminders of the past, but really takes Luke Jenner's Rapture somewhere new. This record is definitely a grower. The first time I heard it, there were a few stand-outs but i was disappointed. after a couple more listens i would get almost every song, at different moments, stuck in my head. I couldn't wait to get home to listen to it. It's a bit harder to review this record as no song is the same as the last. Every song sounds like it could be on a different album. There are very thoughtful lyrics and there are some incredible rhythms hidden here. Tracks like "Miss You" and "Come Back To Me" will remind you of a more "Pieces of the People We Love" Rapture. "Children" will make you think of early MGMT, and lead single, "How Deep Is Your Love?" will keep you coming back. There's a little bit of filler ("Roller Coaster") but all in all, this record will grow on you and stay in rotation for some time to come. Hopefully not another five years. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2011
    7
    It's a fairly solid album - but is a minor disappointment when compared to Echoes and Pieces of People We Love, which were both seminal released in the indie dance funk genre.

    That's not to say that this is a bad album, though. It has some really great tracks such as Miss You, Rollercoaster, Blue Bird, and How Deep Is Your Love?, yet seems to be filled with rather weak tracks that feel flatter than we are used to with the Rapture. Ultimately, it is worth your time, but it hasn't kept my interest for longer than a week and hasn't stayed with me as Echoes and parts of Pieces have.
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  3. Sep 6, 2011
    6
    That spark that they once had is kinda of gone for me, I mean it's hardly dance rock to me right just kind of a indie rock with some dance undertones, which isn't the problem. Some of the songs sound ambitious and seem like they're building up to something great, but they never do. It's not a horrible album, just not the album I was expecting. Expand