In the Grace of Your Love

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In the Grace of Your Love
Studio album by The Rapture
Released September 2, 2011
Recorded 2010-2011
Genre Dance-punk, indie rock,[1] post-punk revival
Length 50:31
Label DFA, Modular (Australia)
Producer Phillipe Zdar
The Rapture chronology
Pieces of the People We Love
(2006)
In the Grace of Your Love
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club B [2]
BBC (negative) [3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10) [5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [6]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars [7]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [8]

In the Grace of Your Love is the third and final full-length album by dance-punk band The Rapture and the first without former bassist Mattie Safer.[9] The album was released on September 2, 2011.[10] The album marks their return to DFA Records after leaving Universal Music Group.[11] The cover features a picture of band member Luke Jenner's father.[9]

History[edit]

Following the end of touring for previous album Pieces of the People We Love frontman Luke Jenner left the band, feeling "confused" and mourning the suicide of his mother.[12] At the time Jenner was also in conflict with fellow songwriter Mattie Safer on the musical direction the band should take.[11] Jenner considered making a solo record, but ultimately asked to rejoin the band.[12] A few months later Safer left the band, and the remaining members started writing the new album from scratch.[11] The band recorded the album with producer Phillipe Zdar in Paris. Zdar had just finished recording Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix with Phoenix and feeling tired initially rejected working with the band, but later agreed to after hearing the demos.[11]

The album was announced on May 23, 2011, one day after the predicted Biblical Rapture by Harold Camping had been widely publicised, but failed to arrive.[13] Drummer Vito Roccoforte commented on the timing "In terms of publicity, it was amazing for us... We couldn't have paid for that or done anything else that would have been better".[14]

Lyrically songs focus on Jenner's mourning for his mother ("Miss You", "Children") and his coping with fatherhood ("Sail Away", "It Takes Time to Be a Man").[15] Gospel music has also been cited as a source of inspiration for the band during recording.[11][12][16]

To promote the album on August 16, 2011, the band streamed a video of the entire album playing on vinyl via Ustream. The band also answered questions from Twitter in the DFA Records office.[17]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sail Away"
  2. "Miss You"
  3. "Blue Bird"
  4. "Come Back to Me"
  5. "In the Grace of Your Love"
  6. "Never Die Again"
  7. "Roller Coaster"
  8. "Children"
  9. "Can You Find a Way?"
  10. "How Deep Is Your Love?"
  11. "It Takes Time to Be a Man"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/in-the-grace-of-your-love-mw0002160208
  2. ^ Murray, Noel (September 6, 2011). "The Rapture: In the Grace of Your Love". The A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ Mulholland, Garry (August 30, 2011). "The Rapture: In the Grace of Your Love Review". BBC. 
  4. ^ Brown, August (September 5, 2011). "Album review: The Rapture's 'In the Grace of Your Love'". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Gaerig, Andrew (September 6, 2011). "The Rapture: In the Grace of Your Love". Pitchfork Media. 
  6. ^ Herrera, Monica (September 6, 2011). "The Rapture: In the Grace of Your Love". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media) (RS 1139). 
  7. ^ Rice, Paul (August 31, 2011). "The Rapture: In the Grace of Your Love". Slant Magazine (Slant). 
  8. ^ Allmusic review
  9. ^ a b Matthew Perpetua (August 30, 2011). "The Rapture Return With 'In the Grace of Your Love'". Rolling Stone. 
  10. ^ iTunes Preview - In the Grace of Your Love
  11. ^ a b c d e Amber Bravo (August 18, 2011). "The Rapture Is Risen". The Fader. 
  12. ^ a b c Breihan, Tom (August 29, 2011). "Interviews: The Rapture". Pitchfork Media. 
  13. ^ Breihan, Tom (May 23, 2011). "The Rapture Return to DFA for New Album". Pitchfork Media. 
  14. ^ Lindsay, Cam (September 1, 2011). "The Rapture Explain Their Judgment Day Boost". Exclaim!. 
  15. ^ "The Rapture – In the Grace of Your Love: exclusive album stream". The Guardian. August 30, 2011. 
  16. ^ Goodman, William (September 1, 2011). "Q&A: The Rapture's Luke Jenner On New LP". Spin. 
  17. ^ Bevan, David (August 16, 2011). "The Rapture to Stream New Album". Pitchfork Media.