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. 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
  2. joe
    Feb 25, 2007
    This has been out for some time now and it is probably my favourite album of all time, spine tinglingly good
  3. chrise
    Sep 26, 2004
    Its a great album after the darkness from TOTBL, here comes the real "bright light"..100% enjoyable
  4. Ronnie
    Jul 31, 2007
    Terrific! Pure brilliance all the way through. Definitely lives up to the hype and it's a worthy follow-up to TOTBL and Antics.
  5. JulesT.
    Oct 1, 2004
    This is better than Turn on the Bright Lights but I couldn't choose between both the Lps if I had to. Excellent and Elaborate!
  6. AlexC
    Aug 4, 2005
    A magnificent album which grows and grows on you (bit like Bloc Party album). Lyrically, Banks has improved considerably and tracks like "Slow Hands" and "C'mere" take the band in a new, more hopeful direction which serves to counter the darker moments on the album. I saw them in Byron Bay and Sydney and they were amazing live. Expand
  7. ChicoB
    Oct 1, 2004
    Please. This is some of the worst drizzle I've ever heard. "put your hands on my thigh I'm the lonely one." This is one of the worst albums I've ever heard by a band that knows what it's doing and that's what makes it so bad... Expand

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