The Rapture: Pieces of the People We Love


If you have ever watched one of those ultra-sappy feel-good sports movies such as Remember the Titans, then you are familiar with “the mid-point montage sequence.” Taking place where the white sports players and the black sports players finally realize how much better they work together as a team, they feel compelled to celebrate together by going to a party that plays nothing but Stevie Wonder songs. The white players realize how uncool they really are, so the black players teach them to be cool by teaching them how to dance, talk and act.

Listening to the latest album by The Rapture, Pieces of the People We Love, feels like that montage sequence replayed 10 times over, one for each track on the album. The cool part about this is that no matter how cheesy everything can seem (especially with titles filled with gibberish words like “Don Gon Do It” and “Whoo! Alright Yeah…Uh Huh”), you’re still tapping your feet along and by the time it’s all over, you feel energized, excited, and optimistic about the world. The Rapture always seemed ahead of the second New Wave, and this album, with two tracks produced by Danger Mouse (somebody has to teach them to be cool), shows them moving away from snagging riffs away from the Talking Heads and graduating to the funk and hip-hop of the Tom Tom Club.

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