Let’s start off with a six word review: I did not like this album. However, you should probably read on because just because I did not does not mean you will not.
From the Moment Invader Volume 1 began, I felt old. This is either because the music did not appeal to me or because I remember when music like this was popular – the early nineties. Rapture Ruckus reminds me of a slightly updated version of DC Talk meets early Thousand Foot Krutch with a little Family Force Five thrown in. I mean that literally; Soul Glow from FF5 is featured on track number one, “In Crowd.” Borrowing from others’ styles isn’t bad but, unless you can tweak it and bring something new to it, why release it? My main issue with Rapture Ruckus is that they don’t bring anything new to the genre. With so many unique albums released on a weekly basis that is a shame.
It’s not all bad though. Rapture Ruckus has their place. I can see this album making a great addition to playlists at large events, summer camps, and youth groups. It is likely that people younger than I will like Invader Volume 1. The catchy beats, synths, and mild mannered hip hop with a positive message will certainly have pop fiends’ heads bobbing. Parents, this could also be a good gift for your children between 5th grade and 9th grade.
Even I, in my overall disdain for this album, found my head bobbing almost involuntarily.
That shows me that there is something to the formula that Rapture Ruckus has created. It’s just not a formula for me.
Give it a try; let me know your thoughts. Am I just too old?