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  • Summary: Interpol's Paul Banks releases his debut solo album under the name Julian Plenti.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. While Interpol is far from a simplistic band, more often than not Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper takes the scenic route, and it pays off with an intimate, subtle set of songs that are strong in their own right.
  2. It’s a frustrating outing that wavers quietly between uninspired and surprisingly vibrant, middling and fantastic.
  3. This is a flawed, sometimes absurd, but always intriguing album that repeatedly approaches being something special.
  4. Given his chilly demeanor, Banks makes for an uneasy balladeer, and he sometimes overcompensates with treacly string ?arrangements.
  5. Much of it is quieter, cinematic, and, of course, better than Our Love to Admire. Thank God. Sometimes we are impressed by not being miserably disappointed again.
  6. With this solo alter ego, he digs into his gloomy-balladeer side.
  7. A slightly boring rock frontman adopts a pseudonym to make a solo album, and it sounds like his main band, recorded in a just-passable studio.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. finalsound
    Aug 6, 2009
    A delightful surprise -- gets better with each listen as the quiet complexity of each song reveals itself.
  2. SorayaH
    Aug 31, 2009
    I love this album. Effortlessly intriguing.
  3. LeahT
    Aug 5, 2009
    A solid, decent album. A cool listen. Yes, his voice still has "INTERPOL" written all over it...but there's an inventiveness here that is all his own. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2010
    Much better than Interpol's last two efforts. Where Interpol on their 3rd and 4th albums have stuttered and stunted all progress by trying to do the same old trick over and over, at least here Banks is trying to take his sound in new directions. It's not always great but it is often very, very good. A pleasant surprise Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2012
    It's got some decent moments on without doubt and it would have been great if some of these ideas were expanded on by Interpol. Still, it's a bit thin and a bit dreary at times. An EP of this stuff would have probably sufficed. Only if you Run belongs on an Interpol album big time - feels a bit wasted on this record. Great track. Expand