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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. 80
    It is still familiar as an Interpol album, but it's certainly their most refined, elegant and frightening release. [Oct 2010, p.97]
  3. While the band's celebrity rose in the wake of national tragedy, Interpol will remind you that it's time to be worried again.
  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. Instead of ending tensely and dramatically they are the final whimper and sigh of an album named after a band that have lost their way and aren't sure which direction they should be heading.
  6. Interpol may not be quite self-parody, but it's also not the sort of thing that's going to make them hip again anytime soon. Not that they would even care.
  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: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  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. Sep 9, 2010
    10
    It is a solid album, with a great atmospheric sound. This band's music has generally been very hard for people who are not into thisIt is a solid album, with a great atmospheric sound. This band's music has generally been very hard for people who are not into this alternative rock stuff. But with its fourth LP, Interpol managed to create music that are hard even for those trained listeners. Nothing short of brilliant, nevertheless. This album is breathtaking and mindblowing. Do not expect your radio friendly Interpol, but a much more opera-like, brooding, dark one. It is not their best work, but c'mon! this is better than all the current MTV crap... Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2010
    10
    This band's music has generally been very hard for people who are not into this alternative rock stuff. But with its fourth LP, InterpolThis band's music has generally been very hard for people who are not into this alternative rock stuff. But with its fourth LP, Interpol managed to create music that are hard even for those trained listeners. Nothing short of brilliant, nevertheless. This album is breathtaking and mindblowing. Do not expect your radio friendly Interpol, but a much more opera-like, brooding, dark one. Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2010
    8
    Definitely not "Turn on the Bright Lights" but definitely not as inconsistent as the "Our Love to Admire".
    I wasn't too enthusiastic about
    Definitely not "Turn on the Bright Lights" but definitely not as inconsistent as the "Our Love to Admire".
    I wasn't too enthusiastic about some of the songs listed on it but on subsequent listens, they seem to be growing on me. Who cares if it's not as good as their first album, it's still better than most other alternative albums coming out on the whole. What Interpol does do well on the whole is create atmospherics and they have plenty of flourishes here. Check it out and make your own opinion!
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  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 9, 2010
    7
    This is not the same fun loving band of years past, but their brooding, ominous and epic-sounding doppelgangers from the Bizarro World whereThis is not the same fun loving band of years past, but their brooding, ominous and epic-sounding doppelgangers from the Bizarro World where Interpol sounds like early Editors. If you think that is not such a bad thing, you will be pleased with the new Dark Interpol. If you expect catchy radio hits or a new TOTBL, you might be disappointed. 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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