• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Aug 4, 2009
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

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  1. Nov 28, 2010
    7
    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
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    7
    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.
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic 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. Banks’s debut solo outing is a leap forward--and notably away - from his band’s rigid blueprint that hinges on cold calculation and angular rhythm.
  3. Given his chilly demeanor, Banks makes for an uneasy balladeer, and he sometimes overcompensates with treacly string ?arrangements.