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The Rapture - In The Grace Of Your Love

 
23 January, 2012
 
 
 

By Nixxie

 

Let's start with the basics: In The Grace Of Your Love is The Rapture's fourth full length LP. The New York based indie post-punk revival group put it together with the help of Phoenix producer / Cassius member Phillipe Zdar, recording it in Brooklyn and Paris and releasing it in September 2011 on the DFA label. Up until that point, the bands previous releases had generally been met with a fair amount of critical acclaim and they have been dubbed "forerunners of the post-punk revival of the early 2000s", as they combined the electronic and dance elements to their early post-punk sound.

 

Back to the present we go, and In The Grace of Your Love. The first thing to say about this album is that it's inspired. I abhor flippantly using clichés of this nature, especially when reviewing music, which by definition has to be inspired one way or another, but in this case this adjective is entirely applicable in more ways than one.

 

Firstly, Zdar's input had a major impact on the final result here. He just seems to know how to guide a band to delivering well-crafted tracks. Some songs are long and elaborate, others short and poignant. When viewed as a whole, the album feels well balanced, just right.

 

A second major impact on this LP is the tumultuous year experienced by the band's lead vocalist and lyricist, Luke Jenner, who lost his mother through suicide, became a father and converted to Catholicism. Naturally all of the above would have supplied far less talented musicians with ample fodder for creativity, but with Jenner the result has in this reviewer's opinion exceeded expectations by a long stretch.

 

Not that it's necessarily all well camouflaged subtextual innuendos and references. In "Blue Bird", Jenner promises repeatedly he will "see you on the other side". "Children" is an even more obvious reference to recent events. These two songs are good examples of the way the album tackles life and death, its two main recurring themes.

 

My personal favourites here are the epic "How Deep Is Your Love" and "Sail Away". The former is one of those tunes to get you moving, dancing, shaking, or whatever expresses you best. The delivery is so emotive, so full of life and feeling, you just can't help but get caught up in it. "Sail Away" is also full of emotion and anguish infused lyrics hit you time and time again. Majestic.

 

For this to have been an all-time great in my book I think I would have preferred a little more abstraction and a little less directness. The material here is easily accessible, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but some if it is a little too obvious for my liking.

 

Yet overall I know I'm going to return to this a lot, because what The Rapture does well, it does really well. Sometimes obvious can be good too. "These people, don't know how it feels, how it feels with you" / "Never thought I would miss you, but oh how I miss you". Been there before? It's ok, we all have.

 

 

 


QUICK ALBUM FACTS

Primary Genre: Indie

Subgenre: Post-punk

Release Date: 6 September 2011

Label: DFA

Influences: Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Happy Mondays

Like This And You'll Probably Also Like: LCD Soundsystem, Life Without Buildings, The Dead 60's

Album Highlights:  Sail Away, Blue Bird,  How Deep Is Your Love

 

 

 

 

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NIX'S 2 CENTS

 

"Sweet, nice, not the most memorable perhaps but certainly enjoyable, 7/10"

 


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