Antics - Interpol
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    There's something totally irresistible about Antics: The air of mystery, the bleak but hopeful arrangements and the melodies so sharp and moving that they might inspire a night of heroic partying.
  2. A nearly perfect follow-up... [it] keeps intact Interpol’s singular melodic prowess, while both tightening its songwriting and making unpredictable shifts in instrumental emphasis.
  3. 91
    Antics is so much more fun than Turn On The Bright Lights. [Oct 2004, p.107]
  4. Antics is ridiculously good. [Oct 2004, p.112]
  5. Interpol have produced a soaring, inventive album that, while incorporating the deliciously dark atmosphere of ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, merely uses it as a base to create more ambitious, warmer soundscapes.
  6. Manages to dabble with tension and still emerge with something life-affirming.
  7. Antics is a very strong record that is home to a number of truly incredible songs.
  8. It may be predictable, but if predictable means rock-solid and mostly magnificent, why bother asking for more?
  9. What makes Antics such an improvement over Bright Lights is how capable Interpol have become at complementing Banks's lovely ambiguity with an increasingly precise post-punk throb.
  10. Though Interpol couldn't be expected to surpass their previous heights, it's difficult to imagine a savvier or more satisfying second step.
  11. [Banks] brings a surprisingly uplifting tunefulness to the band's spiky rhythms and swelling drones. [1 Oct 2004, p.73]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 185 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 114
  1. Dec 29, 2013
    10
    Doesn't Quite top Interpol's stunning Turn On The Bright Lights, yet feels just as Bleak and depressing for example Tracks like Narc and EvilDoesn't Quite top Interpol's stunning Turn On The Bright Lights, yet feels just as Bleak and depressing for example Tracks like Narc and Evil really show that the band still have what it takes to create new bleak, sad, lonely psychotic sounds about been blue. Full Review »
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    9
    Perhaps the most upbeat album conducted by Interpol. If you are to introduce someone to this band, this is the album that you must show themPerhaps the most upbeat album conducted by Interpol. If you are to introduce someone to this band, this is the album that you must show them to get them hooked. Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    10
    Antics is a perfect album. No weak songs whatsoever, it just thumps and pounds in it's own dark way from start to finish without skipping aAntics is a perfect album. No weak songs whatsoever, it just thumps and pounds in it's own dark way from start to finish without skipping a beat. Most Interpol fans would offer up their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights as the band's masterwork. For me, it's definitely Antics. Full Review »