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  • Summary: The NY-based band returns with its fourth, self-titled release, which was mixed by Alan Moulder and highlights the band's dark-themed, post-punk style.
  • Record Label: Matador
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The riffs here are grander, the rhythms more limber, and the melodies more memorably moody than they've been in years.
  2. Ominous fourth album from the masters of emotional turbulence. [Oct. 2010, p. 118]
  3. The size has always worked off the razor-sharp edges of the music, with Daniel Kessler's guitar leading the way. Interpol restores some of the shine, but the music still feels softer somehow, the cuts not as precise.
  4. It's a better album than their last, and diehard fans should be satisfied, but it's not going to get the rest of us very excited.
  5. 60
    New York's post-punkers are mooder than ever. [Oct. 2010, p. 90]
  6. 50
    Interpol sounds both strangely distant and overly familiar, like a band struggling to remember who they are.
  7. Where they used to sound like the crackling of a subway car rounding a bend or the seediest alleys of New York in the pre-dawn hours, here they sound like alt-rock renderings of what moody post-punk is supposed to sound like.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Sep 8, 2010
    10
    There are a lot of people who are wrong about "Interpol". These people go into every Interpol album wondering if this will be another "Turn onThere are a lot of people who are wrong about "Interpol". These people go into every Interpol album wondering if this will be another "Turn on The Bright Lights", it isn't. But that's alright, because it isn't trying to be. The songs are darker, more atmospheric, with ethereal soundscapes and a greater focus on Paul's vocals for a lot of the songs. The songs, possibly less immediate, but still great. "Try It On" "Memory Serves" and "Summer Well" rank up with the best stuff the band has done. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was first going to limit my review by saying only this: 'Interpol' is a masterpiece, but then I saw there is a 150 words limit :-) Well, I can add what some have previously delineated: you have to give the album multiple listens. I myself already heard the potential of the songs after the first listenings, and then, for a while (say 10 listenings) I kept finding them better, however, without finding it a truly great album. But then, suddenly, there it was, the pieces fitted together, and I started to hear the magnificence of a few songs (for example 'Success'; what a brilliant, brilliant song this is! Truly one of their best, I find; same for 'Try it on') and others have grown on me ever since. Now, I must seriously say that I cannot live without anymore! The score thing isn't working quite good, but I say: 10/10. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2010
    10
    Interpol, Interpol Interpol... what is sad about Interpol? It's the fact that they released an amazing debut album which established theirInterpol, Interpol Interpol... what is sad about Interpol? It's the fact that they released an amazing debut album which established their sound.. and now some eight years later... subsequent albums are harshly criticized for no reason.... Yes... Our Love To Admire was not as good as TOTBL or ANTICS... but it was still a very good album... it was a grower... the same can be said for Interpol... though in many ways Interpol is a way better album than OLTA... but it is a grower... the songs at first glance all sound similar.... but listen close and you will see the textures, the riffs, the complexities, the emotion... and the great story.. basically Interpol is about a relationship falling apart.... and its effects on the sanity of a man... just listen...

    Album Standouts: Memory Serves, Lights, Barricade, Always Malaise (The Way I Am), Try It On, and All Of The Ways
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  4. Sep 13, 2010
    8
    Although not their strongest or most accessible album, Interpol fans will enjoy this one. If you are waiting for another "Turn on the BrightAlthough not their strongest or most accessible album, Interpol fans will enjoy this one. If you are waiting for another "Turn on the Bright Lights" though, this is not it and it will not happen seeing as how the bassist has left. However, there are enough hooks in songs like "Success", "Summer Well", and "Barricade" to keep things catchy, and the build ups in "Lights" and "The Undoing" are brilliant. Meticulous song construction is what makes me a fan of this band, and some of the later songs seem to lack direction, but I have a feeling that this album will grow on me just like the last one did. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2013
    8
    A very mature release from te band, and a great ambitious album with tints of progressive rock in some of the tracks. One of the darkestA very mature release from te band, and a great ambitious album with tints of progressive rock in some of the tracks. One of the darkest albums they've ever released. Expand
  6. Sep 11, 2010
    7
    In an attempt to stray away from the sound that defined Interpol, the band has managed to write a dark and melodic album that only leavesIn an attempt to stray away from the sound that defined Interpol, the band has managed to write a dark and melodic album that only leaves hints of the former sound we heard on TOTBL and Antics. This was a bold move for a band that desperately needed to redefine themselves as a band that is able to move away from the comforts of their past in order to enter into a new world of sound and feeling. The punchy and danceable bass driven dance songs of the past have been laid to rest in order for the darker side of Interpol to smoothly creep up on the listener. One can only hope that Interpol continues to experiment with the atmospheric sounds that make this album so interesting to listen to. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    1
    A tired album from a tired band. I didn't approach it expecting another "Turn on the Bright Lights" or even another "Antics". I approached itA tired album from a tired band. I didn't approach it expecting another "Turn on the Bright Lights" or even another "Antics". I approached it expecting a feeble effort to recapture their earlier innovation and that's exactly what I found. I would have been more impressed had they ventured into more foreign, questionable territory; New School hip-hop for example. At least then they would be experimenting, trying something new, pushing boundaries, taking risks. Instead, as with their last album, they have simply thrown up a turgid regurgitation of their best work. How predictable. With this scathing criticism in mind, calling the album 'Interpol' just seems like a lame attempt to slap their once innovative name upon a work that can at best make you yearn for the old Interpol. Because the Interpol of 2010 is coming across as very old indeed. Expand

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