Capture/Release Review

artist: The Rakes date: 02/15/2007 category: compact discs
The Rakes: Capture/Release
Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
Label: V2 International
Genres: Indie Rock, Punk Revival
Number Of Tracks: 10
Pick up a copy of Capture/Release and you might notice how much the cover art resembles those of The Streets.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7.5
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 8.3
Capture/Release Reviewed by: Opal Decept, on january 17, 2006
5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Sound: As the train of brit-pop-rock hurtles toward the peak of it's revival, The Rakes could only make it move faster. Catchy riffs and well-strung solos make this a perfect choice for any Franz or Kaisers fan, while still giving the "by-the-book" impression of The Strokes or The Ediotrs. The eleven songs on the album range from short thrillers to long epics, but the overall rhythm of the LP never loses it's head-rushingly good qualities. // 9

Lyrics: Total singer competance from lead sing Alan Donohoe keeps The Rakes credability high, however some of the lyrics fell like they have been recycled from Busted's earlier songs. 'Retreat', while altogether a good song, is slighty "Ooh, look at that fit bird," and other songs, like 'Open Book' are very relationshipy. However, these lyrics do comply with the fast super car of The Rakes playing. // 7

Overall Impression: Despite losing points on the lyrics, The Rakes have made a stonkingly good album. 'We Are All Animals' is easily on of the best songs ever this year, with 'Retreat' and 'Binary Love'not too far behind. 'Strasbourg' and '22 Grand Job' have the effect of an espresso coffee, while 'Open Book' and 'The Guilt' are more like a decaf. However, the contrast in this album is what makes it great. The rhythm never falters even with the constant change of spped. Looks like the BritpopRock train is still very far from the end of the line. // 9

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overall: 7.7
Capture/Release Reviewed by: doublefourtime, on february 15, 2007
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Sound: Within the slightly less than motley group in the UK's post-punk/new wave revival scene, The Rakes stand out for their rough, edgy sound reminiscent of early punk bands. Getting into more detail, the simplicity of The Rakes' musicianship is what makes the band. "Strasbourg," the track that kicks off the album, will dissapoint those looking for a difficult and memorable riff. But it flows, nevertheless, and the result is a melody that's all about the power of punk guitar. The bass part is far from forgotten throughout the album, specifically in "22 Grand Job." It's turned up nice and loud and for that I applaud The Rakes. This is because punk noise is meant to be louder than it is complex, which Capture/Release succeeds in achieving. The drumming is average, which means it's possible to get by. However, it's not all punk based. The song "Work, Work, Work (Pub Club Sleep)" contains chords performed in an indie rock style influenced by the Strokes. It's all very simple, but the truth of the matter is, bands belonging to this particular scene almost have to lack the will and the ability to make masterful performances with their instruments. Therefore, it can only go so far, which is satisfying for me. Sex Pistols was never brilliant with guitar, bass, and drum performances. Why do the Rakes have to be? // 7

Lyrics: The lyrics are smart. Not as smart as that of Joe Strummer, of course, but it's still smart. The witty observations by Alan Donohue, lead singer and lyricist of the band, are a driving force throughout the album. In "Retreat," the matter of keeping a constant routine is discussed with a result that makes one realize it applies to themself ("Walk home, come down, retreat to sleep, Wake up, go out again, repeat.") Everyday fear is addressed ("Every plane is a missile, every suitcase is a bomb,") in "Terror!" A sudden revelation is placed upon the consumer when listening to the Rakes that everything said is absolutely and undeniably true. Life is predictable and boring according to the Rakes, which often times tends to be true. The power of recongizing society and it's flaws is ultimately what decides the fate of the Rakes. Outlook: good. // 8

Overall Impression: It's good to know that not everyone sounds like everyone else within the specific genre. The Rakes manage to pull off the difficult task of sounding different in every song, a task that couldn't be pulled off by bands such as Panic! At the Disco and Maximo Park. The simplicity of the instruments are brought together with the cleverness of the lyrics to create the original goal of punk music: telling people what's going on. It barely fits in with the category of post-punk/new wave revival, as it drifts away into indie rock and straight up punk territory. Key songs to listen to are "Strasbourg," "Retreat," "Terror!," and "We Are All Animals." However, that doesn't mean to ignore the rest of the album, because by doing so, you'll miss far too much. // 8

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