Echoes (the Rapture album)

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Echoes
Rapture echoes.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2003
Recorded2003
StudioPlantain Recording House (Manhattan, NY)
Genre
Length47:00
Label
Producer
the Rapture chronology
Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks
(2001)
Echoes
(2003)
Pieces of the People We Love
(2006)
Singles from Echoes
  1. "House of Jealous Lovers"
    Released: August 2003
  2. "Sister Saviour"
    Released: December 1, 2003
  3. "Love Is All"
    Released: February 2004

Echoes is the debut full-length studio album by American rock band the Rapture. It was released on September 8, 2003, through DFA, Vertigo, and Universal in the U.S. and Output in the UK. It was co-produced by the DFA and the Rapture and recorded at the DFA's own Plantain Recording House studio in New York City.[1]

Background[edit]

The Rapture moved from San Francisco to New York in 1999 and wrote "House of Jealous Lovers" the following year.[2] They met James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy of DFA Records at one of their first performances in New York.[3] Murphy and Goldworthy took a long time to persuade the band to work together because of a concern that making a dance song would alienate their fans.[4] With the help of the DFA production team, the band released "House of Jealous Lovers" in 2002 and eventually released their first full-length album Echoes.[5] The album secured two Top 40 singles in the UK[5] and also was met with critical acclaim, being awarded Album of the Year by pitchforkmedia.com and runner up in NME only to the White Stripes.[citation needed]

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi, who is also Safer's cousin,[6] joined the band full-time after the record was completed to help tour. In the wake of the success of "House of Jealous Lovers", The Rapture opened for the Sex Pistols in a football stadium in England, and underwent a large major bidding war eventually signing with Vertigo Records out of the UK and Strummer Records (a Gary Gersh Label) both owned by Universal Music. In January 2004, the Rapture toured with Franz Ferdinand on the NME Awards Tour. Later that year, the band toured on the main stage of the Curiosa Festival alongside Interpol, Mogwai, and The Cure.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[9]
The Guardian3/5 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[11]
NME9/10[12]
Pitchfork9.0/10[13]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[15]
SpinB−[16]
The Village VoiceA−[17]

The album was highly praised by Pitchfork, who hailed the album as the best of 2003,[18] as well as placing the songs "I Need Your Love" at number 323 and "House of Jealous Lovers" at number 16 on their best songs of the 2000s countdown. Resident Advisor ranked the album at number 35 on their list of the best albums of the decade.[19] The song "House of Jealous Lovers" was also ranked sixth on NME's list of the top 100 tracks of the decade.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte, and Matt Safer, unless otherwise noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Olio" 5:20
2."Heaven" 3:47
3."Open Up Your Heart" 5:22
4."I Need Your Love"
4:39
5."The Coming of Spring" 2:42
6."House of Jealous Lovers" 5:04
7."Echoes" 3:06
8."Killing"
  • Goldsworthy
  • Jenner
  • Murphy
  • Roccoforte
  • Safer
3:37
9."Sister Saviour"
  • Goldsworthy
  • Jenner
  • Murphy
  • Roccoforte
  • Safer
3:51
10."Love Is All" 4:26
11."Infatuation" 5:01

Personnel[edit]

All personnel adapted from album liner notes.[1]

The Rapture

  • Luke Jenner – guitar, percussion, keyboards, vocals
  • Gabriel Andruzzi – percussion, saxophone
  • Vito Roccoforte – percussion, drums
  • Matt Safer – bass guitar, percussion, keyboards, vocals

Additional musicians

  • Tyler Brodie – backing vocals (track 6)
  • Pete Cafarella – keyboards
  • Amber Lasciak – backing vocals (track 6)
  • Mandy Stein – backing vocals (track 6)
  • Helen Stickler – backing vocals (track 6)

Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 52
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 55
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 32
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[24] 4
US Billboard 200[25] 121
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[26] 2

Use of songs in other media[edit]

  • The song "Echoes" appeared in the 2007 comedy Superbad.
  • "Echoes" is also the theme song for the British drama Misfits.[27]
  • The song "Killing" was featured in the 2005 video game True Crime: New York City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Echoes (album liner notes). The Rapture. DFA Records; Vertigo Records; Universal Music Group. 2003.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Bravo, Amber (August 18, 2011). "The Rapture Is Risen". The Fader. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Strickler, Yancey (November 2003). "Stir of Echoes". CMJ New Music Monthly (118): 41.
  4. ^ Bjørnersen, Martin (October 22, 2012). "Interview: Jonathan Galkin on 10 years of DFA Records". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "The Rapture: Biography". All Music Guide. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  6. ^ Singer, Maya (2003-11-19). "Rapt Attention". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  7. ^ "Reviews for Echoes by The Rapture". Metacritic. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Echoes – The Rapture". AllMusic. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Hermes, Will (October 17, 2003). "Echoes / DFA Records Compilation #1". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  10. ^ Petridis, Alexis (August 29, 2003). "The Rapture: Echoes". The Guardian. London. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  11. ^ Nichols, Natalie (October 19, 2003). "Quartet evokes pop, punk icons". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  12. ^ "The Rapture: Echoes". NME. September 6, 2003. Find this place where dim rock/dance tribalism is an irrelevance, and all that matters is edgy, imaginative, emotionally resonant music.
  13. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (September 9, 2003). "The Rapture: Echoes". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "The Rapture: Echoes". Q (207): 114. October 2003.
  15. ^ Sheffield, Rob (October 30, 2003). "The Rapture: Echoes". Rolling Stone (934). OCLC 680063773. Archived from the original on February 23, 2004. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  16. ^ Wolk, Douglas (November 2003). "The Rapture: Echoes / Various Artists: DFA Records Compilation #1". Spin. 19 (11): 111. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  17. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 10, 2004). "Consumer Guide: Parts of the Elephunk". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  18. ^ Pitchfork staff (December 31, 2003). "Top 50 Albums of 2003". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "Top 100 albums of the '00s". Resident Advisor. January 25, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010.
  20. ^ "100 Tracks Of The Decade". NME. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Rapture – Echoes". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Rapture – Echoes". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  24. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  25. ^ "The Rapture Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  26. ^ "The Rapture Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  27. ^ "Misfits - Episode 1 playlists". E4. Retrieved September 6, 2011.