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The Rapture are a pretty good art-rock band: ‘In the Grace of Your Love‘ is fleshier than its predecessors, with horns, needlework guitar, and Jenner’s brash voice filling the negative space the band used to gift to the dance floor. They deftly respond to choral background vocals, funky synth slabs, and tasteful guitar fills. A group that was once a combustible ball of energy is now a functioning nervous system with a keen sense of pace and texture.
‘In the Grace of Your Love‘ is the band’s mature album, by their own reckoning: Press for the record has almost unanimously focused on the members’ stroller-pushing benders, how frontman Luke Jenner spent time playing softball, attending church, and coping with the loss of his mother. Stability and love dominate its themes, the title cutting think-pieces off at the pass by invoking grace directly: This album is about sustained, earned love, as well as the forgiveness inherent in it.
When it clicks, it’s triumphant. – Pitchfork
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