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In the Grace of Your Love is the third and final studio album by American rock band the Rapture. It was released on September 6, 2011.[9] The album marks their return to DFA Records after leaving Universal Music Group[10] and is their first album without former bassist Mattie Safer.[11] The cover art features a picture of band member Luke Jenner's father.[11]

In the Grace of Your Love
The rapture in the grace of your love.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 6, 2011
Recorded2010–2011
Studio
Genre
Length50:27
LabelDFA
ProducerPhilippe Zdar
The Rapture chronology
Pieces of the People We Love
(2006)
In the Grace of Your Love
(2011)
Singles from In the Grace of Your Love
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love?"
    Released: June 13, 2011
  2. "Sail Away"
    Released: November 21, 2011
  3. "In the Grace of Your Love"
    Released: June 19, 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The A.V. ClubB [2]
BBC(negative) [3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media(7.2/10.0) [5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars [6]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars [7]
Allmusic4/5 stars [8]

Background and compositionEdit

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 bassist and fellow songwriter Mattie Safer on the musical direction the band should take.[10] 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,[10] with the exception of "Miss You" and the album's title track which had been written while Safer was still in the band before being rewritten after his departure.[13]

According to drummer Vito Roccoforte, Safer's exit meant more creative room for the remaining members. He said, "When [Safer] did leave, there was a lot more room, all of a sudden, creatively, because there was one less member. We were all pretty pent-up creatively, wanting to write and make music. We had no problem writing a bunch of stuff. And Luke had a bunch of old songs that we worked on, and me and Gabe had a bunch of ideas we brought in, and we all brought stuff in we had sitting around individually and worked togheter. We also came up with completely new material in the studio."[13]

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.[10] With Safer no longer in the band, multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi recorded all of the bass parts for the album.[13]

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").[14] Gospel music has also been cited as a source of inspiration for the band during recording.[10][12][15]

PromotionEdit

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.[16] 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".[17] 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.[18]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by the Rapture.

No.TitleLength
1."Sail Away"5:21
2."Miss You"4:10
3."Blue Bird"3:06
4."Come Back to Me"5:38
5."In the Grace of Your Love"5:36
6."Never Die Again"3:59
7."Roller Coaster"3:41
8."Children"3:56
9."Can You Find a Way?"2:52
10."How Deep Is Your Love?"6:27
11."It Takes Time to Be a Man"5:41
Total length:50:27

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ In the Grace of Your Love (album liner notes). The Rapture. DFA Records. 2011.CS1 maint: others (link)
  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. ^ iTunes Preview - In the Grace of Your Love
  10. ^ a b c d e Amber Bravo (August 18, 2011). "The Rapture Is Risen". The Fader.
  11. ^ a b Matthew Perpetua (August 30, 2011). "The Rapture Return With 'In the Grace of Your Love'". Rolling Stone.
  12. ^ a b c Breihan, Tom (August 29, 2011). "Interviews: The Rapture". Pitchfork Media.
  13. ^ a b c Castillo, Arielle (October 17, 2011). "The Rapture's Vito Roccoforte Talks Mattie Safer, Fresh Starts, and Road Trips". Miami New Times. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Rapture – In the Grace of Your Love: exclusive album stream". The Guardian. August 30, 2011.
  15. ^ Goodman, William (September 1, 2011). "Q&A: The Rapture's Luke Jenner On New LP". Spin.
  16. ^ Breihan, Tom (May 23, 2011). "The Rapture Return to DFA for New Album". Pitchfork Media.
  17. ^ Lindsay, Cam (September 1, 2011). "The Rapture Explain Their Judgment Day Boost". Exclaim!.
  18. ^ Bevan, David (August 16, 2011). "The Rapture to Stream New Album". Pitchfork Media.