Review Summary: An amazing title track is sadly surrounded by average filler, but all in all, is still an enjoyable album.
I remember it like it was yesterday (oh wait, it kind of was). I was bored at 3:00 A.M. with nothing to do, but mindlessly search through the channels on my televsion. The vast majority of programming on at this time were awful, low production infomercials. After finally making my way to the slew of HBO, and HBO spin off channels, and not being content with pornography. I finally landed on the film adapataion of Bret Easton Ellis' novel, The Rules of Attraction.
Most of the movie is irrelevent to this review, with the exception of a particular scene in the movie. A scene in which two of the main characters are stairing each other down, with The Rapture's Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks title song blaring in the background. It was so catchy it awoke me from my mindless, almost vegetive state, and before I knew it I was scouring the web trying to the find the name of the song, and the band behind it.
I was estatic when I finally learned of the band, and had the EP safely transferred in my iTunes library. Sadly, however, I quickly learned that while the title track was an exceptional song, the rest of the album was barely above average.
After hearing the songs that follow after the title track, it's almost hard to believe it's the same band. "Modern Romance" eases it's way in, and starts off decently. It has catchy bassline, but the song never actually goes anywhere. The whole time I found myself expecting it to pick up, but it never did, and by the time "Carvan" rolled in, I was already losing interest.
It isn't so much that every other track is bad, they're just all mind numbingily average. While the title track is bursting at the seems with energy, "The Jam", "The Pop Song", and "Confrontation" are just plain tame.
While the rest of the album is average, it's still listenable, you just might find yourself putting the title track on repeat before devling into the rest of the album. All in all, a decent album.