Pieces of the People We Love
The Music Box's #20 album of 2006
First Appeared in The Music Box, November 2006, Volume 13, #11
Written by John Metzger
Even for an era in which í80s retro flashbacks are commonplace, The Raptureís latest effort Pieces of the People We Love frequently sounds out of place. Given that the outfit began its life emulating The Cure, itís not surprising that at least a touch of gothic doom drips into the groupís lyrics or that front man Luke Jenner occasionally makes his point by emulating Robert Smithís anguished wail. In blending its propulsive rhythms with its nervously agitated arrangements, however, the ensemble also draws from the Talking Headsí twin gems Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues ó most notably on Whoo! Alright Yeah...Uh Huh ó while Live in the Sunshine tones down the thumping beats and clanging cowbells to reveal the hazy, lysergic pop of The Beatles. Elsewhere, Get Myself into It adds darting saxophones to the euphoric disco of U2ís Pop; the title track, which features backing vocals from Gnarls Barkleyís Cee-Lo Green, marches along like Gary Glitterís Rock & Roll; and Thomas Dolby-style synthesizers collide with jagged, wriggling guitars on Don Gon Do It.
Granted, it often appears as if The Raptureís lyrics lack depth, but in truth, the elements of angst and escapism that are intertwined throughout Pieces of the People We Love are merely a reflection of the adolescent apathy that pervades a worldview in which so much is wrong that itís impossible to set it straight. The band has taken some heat for the repetitive near-gibberish that Jenner and Mattie Safer alternately annunciate, but their vocalizations are meant to become additional instruments that merge seamlessly into the musicís funky grooves. Sometimes, a diversion from the day-to-day drudgery of the evening news is necessary, and in the end, the underlying atmosphere that The Rapture concocts on Pieces of the People We Love is so infectious that itís impossible not to join the fun.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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