Antics - Interpol
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 173 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 173

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  1. Jan 5, 2011
    6
    Though a handful of great songs lurk on this album, the rest of the tracks are disappointingly lackluster. The mood of the album is also lighter, which feels awkward instead of serving as a nice contrast to Interpol's very dark debut. Disappointing after Turn On the Bright Lights, but good enough for fans of the band to check out.
  2. Mar 23, 2011
    7
    Antics is a really good album. The tracks are catchy, the lyrics are dark, and Paul Banks voice is haunting. "Evil" is just a wonderfully dark song about a girl named Rosemary and what not, easily the stand out song on the album. Every other track sounds really good. All In All, Antics is a good punk rock album. B
  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 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.
  4. Mar 19, 2011
    6
    'Antics' has not nearly the amount of depth of emotion that The Bright Lights carried. However, tracks such as Evil, Slow Hands and Not Even Jail keep the listener wanting more. It is a pity the rest of the album does not deliver this. I often found myself losing attention.
  5. May 10, 2011
    5
    The good: These songs are all very catchy, some even have a great mood and build up. The band is also really learning to pick up the pace instead of being moody all the time.

    The bad: Paul's lyrics are pretty awful most of the time and the songs make less sense than a Pixies song. Naming imagery is cool and can paint a picture but these days only the mars volta can get away with that
    kinda stuff while maintaining an entertaining narrative.

    Also, this production BLOWS. It sounds like it was recorded into a seashell, then transported through a campbell's soup can through yarn into another soup can into a studio microphone.
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  6. Jun 4, 2011
    10
    This as to be my favorite album of the past decade. I'd say this one is even better than Turn on the bright lights because the songs are weirder, maybe a bit less dark, truly original as a whole. I absolutely love Paul Banks lyrics and voice, I don't think it's too much "Ian Curtisesque", or if it is well he did a better job. Same thing with the absurd Radiohead comparisons, I still can't find anything in common with those two bands. Enough with that. Antics is truly a masterpiece and an easy 10. Expand
  7. Jan 20, 2012
    9
    Not quite the epic that was Turn On the Bright Lights but a very impressive follow up to it all the same. The bands biggest hit "Evil" really drove this album on commercially but there are plenty of better songs on here. It's still got the dark feel of TOTBL but doesn't have the same panic in the vocals and is a slightly brighter record overall. In my opinion Interpols first two records are flawless and it's a pity what followed after this wasn't quite up to scratch. They've been in the shadow of these records since they were released. Expand
  8. 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 Evil really show that the band still have what it takes to create new bleak, sad, lonely psychotic sounds about been blue.
  9. 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 them to get them hooked.
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. An album scored through with a vehement beauty that, with each listen, becomes all the more acute for its unwillingness to shy away from life's bleaker, more painful moments. [25 Sep 2004, p.62]
  3. Antics is ridiculously good. [Oct 2004, p.112]