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  • Summary: Interpol moves to Capitol Records with their third studio album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. The band have colonised the rich turf at the intersection of meticulously structured mope-rock and free-flowing three-chord pop, where moments of resignation cosy up alongside twinkling hopes for the future like Winehouse to the sauce.
  2. Probably a track or two short of being a stone-cold classic, Our Love To Admire nonetheless makes for hugely rewarding listening.
  3. In terms of writing and production, this may be Interpol at their best.
  4. Somehow the band manages to sound insincere and gorgeous at the same time.
  5. Our Love to Admire’s lesser tracks seem to have placed a greater emphasis on texture than melody or even rhythm, which is arguably the band’s most potent weapon. As a whole, though, Sam Fogarino will be satisfied.
  6. Admire finds the band's balance shifting significantly; the rhythm players often seem more like glorified session men than integral components of a sleek post-punk machine.
  7. They ape New Order's "Movement," surely that combo's most static and dullest album. Dengler and rather good drummer Sam Fogarino don't get many chances to shine, letting guitarist Daniel Kessler create the kind of textures that often get mistaken for progress.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 189
  1. Dec 20, 2011
    10
    Honestly don't care what "Interpol" fans say... As myself is a Interpol fan i declare this is definitely their second best only just behind Turn On The Bright Lights, not really. But this album is amazing, great opening track in Pioneer To The Falls then going into my personal all time favourite Interpol song No I In Threesome then finishing a lovely end of Lighthouse. I personally believe Paul Bank sings at his best in this whole album... his vocals just sound more clearer.. then his other stuff... The Bass lines however aren't as AMAZING!! or remeberable then their debut of Turn On The Bright Lights or i guess "Antics" but Carlos Dengler identity will still of course live in this album... Daniel Kessler of course doing a great job on his guitar through the whole album... and Sam amazing drumming. GREAT ALBUM my number 2 interpol album and number 16 on my top 100 albums. AMAZING ALBUM ********** Expand
  2. Jan 23, 2012
    9
    Definitely a weaker effort than Interpols first 2 records but there is still much to like on this album. On this, their third record the band change their sound slightly and this is welcome. Interpol are always going to sound like Interpol due to Paul Banks vocals but there is certainly something different going on here. Having said that, the best tracks on here have the typical Interpol sound. Disappointingly, it does taper off towards the end. Rest My Chemistry and No I in Threesome are the highlights for me. Expand
  3. Dec 25, 2011
    9
    It's funny how exaggerated Interpol's so called "fans" are when it comes to judgement. Sure, TOTBL is as surreal as it is majestic, but I guess some listeners (critics and fans) are afraid of their favorite bands changing. Our Love To Admire is right up there with TOTBL, and is an improvement over Antics. Songs like "Rest My Chemistry" and "Pace is the Trick" are worth the price alone... "Pioneer to the Falls" might even topple TOTBL's "Untitled" as their best opener. Paul's singing is more confident then ever as well, as seen in the brilliant "The Heinrich Maneuver". This album is a gem, and an underrated one at that. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2012
    9
    Although not quite as mind blowing as the preceding Antics, Our Love To Admire is an exceptional album. It nears perfection with only a solitary weak link on it's tracklist (the closing Lighthouse). I personally prefer this LP to the much lauded Turn On The Bright Lights and the uneven self titled album. Expand
  5. May 26, 2012
    8
    Our Love To Admire is a great album in my opinion. Though it may be the weakest of the Interpol catalogue, it doesn't mean this album isn't worth a listen. Only when you compare this album to Turn On The Bright Lights does it seem like a drop in quality, and not by too much. I enjoy each song on this album except "Mammoth", which I wish hadn't made it onto the record. Expand
  6. May 10, 2011
    7
    Very moody and catchy. Paul as a songwriter and lyricist has improved. His imagery has more clarity, his songs are easier to understand and the band has really come together for having a real mood for each song that is unique instead of all from the same thread. In a way they're treading similar ground while trying a few new things out but it's a good listen. Expand
  7. Apr 3, 2013
    7
    A very catchy album that expands the band to a wide audience. Has a blend of upbeat and down tempo tracks on this album, that make for a introspective adventure. Expand

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