Beginning in New York in the same year as The Strokes, The Rapture have taken an opposite approach to success in music, eschewing any devotion to straight ahead rock.

'Pieces of People We Love' nonetheless starts on a chart friendly note with 'Don Gon Do It', a catchy combination of disco beats and guitars that recalls the group's first big hit, 2002's 'House of Jealous Lovers'.

Next is the title track, which comes off like an anthem for the schoolyard, with earnest, high pitched vocals and drummer boy beats. Saxophone-led 'Get Myself Into It' is a brighter and more expansive tune which seems destined for the dance floor.

The howling rap vocals and synth sounds of 'First Gear' join with the funk disco of 'Whoo! Alright Yeah...Uh Huh' to make a funk section at the album's centre.

The mood is rockier on 'The Devil', which is one of the album's highlights. However, it also marks the juncture where the album seems to tip over into using too much studio trickery. The sleeve notes, which refer to these effects variously as "bleeps and bloops" and "computery dudery", also contain a lengthy list of production credits, as if by way of explanation.

Yet more of these effects, in an industrial vein this time, can be heard on 'The Sound', another up tempo rock song with brazen vocals and lengthy guitar licks. Heavier guitar chords dominate 'Calling Me', a down tempo meditation with stilted beats and falsetto vocals.

'Pieces of People We Love' finishes at its best with the soaring vocals of psychedelic romance 'Live in Sunshine'. Though perhaps the best track here, it also widens the scope of an album that already sounds like it is trying to do too much at once.

Bill Lehane