Title - 'Pieces of the People We Love' (Universal/Motown)
Artist - The Rapture
It's incredible how a band with so much potential and a great debut could follow it up with such a dud! There is close to nothing capitvating or engaging on this record. The songs feel like poor B sides to the original album, and while nobody ever claimed them to be geniuses they WERE catchy, but even their keen pop sensibility is pretty much lacking here. This follow-up is where the group makes a dramatic left turn with a new crew of producers (Ewan Pearson and Paul Epworth, plus a pair of tracks recorded with Danger Mouse of Gorillaz and Gnarlz Barkley fame) and a more sophisticated sound that yields songs such as, "Whoo! Alright Yeah… Uh Huh" and "The Devil." Reassuringly, the saxophones, cowbells and singer Luke Jenner's unintelligible yelps are still present, as is all the manic energy that goes along with it. Slightly amusing for one spin, but in the long run utterly fogettable. Not even worth your time to illegally download. Anyway, I think you get my point!