Antics - Interpol
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  • Summary: The New York-based foursome of Paul Banks, Carlos D., Sam Fogarino and Daniel Kessler took indie rockers worldwide by storm (and made Matador a lot of money) with 2002's 'Turn On The Bright Lights,' which introduced their neck-stabbing guitar-rock mix of Joy Division, The Cure, The Smiths, and all of your other favorite 80s bands. That captivating sound returns on this sophomore release, which features many of the new tracks ("Narc," "Length Of Love," etc.) which first debuted live during their relentless touring over the past two years. Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. On Antics, Interpol is less indebted to its influences, creating a distinct sound from the distinguishing characteristics that drew those comparisons in the first place.
  5. A far more refined and finessed record than its predecessor. [14 Oct 2004, p.96]
  6. Is Antics superior to Interpol's highly regarded debut, Turn On The Bright Lights? Well, yes, providing your criteria involve a tighter, less fussy sound and gimmick-free production.
  7. If it doesn't exactly blaze off in bold new directions, it does offer an opportunity for Interpol to do some fine-tuning (not that they need much) and settle comfortably into their black, velvet-lined pocket.

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  1. Negative: 3 out of 114
  1. Jun 4, 2011
    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
  2. Nov 21, 2012
    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. Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2013
    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. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2012
    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
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    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 Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2011
    '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. Expand
  7. May 10, 2011
    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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