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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. The foreboding melancholy of "Turn on the Bright Lights" has eroded into a sound that's less idiosyncratic; by design or accident, that broad-brush aesthetic coincides with the band's move from an indie label (Matador) to a major one (Capitol).
  4. The quality of the album isn't the issue, it's the qualities, the contradictions, the duplicity: it's what makes it as durable a listen as ever, but oddly empty when it comes to empathy.
  5. Falling somewhere between the full-on gloom of their debut and the peppier follow-up, Antics, this new disc may not be their Sgt. Pepper, but it’s still filled with morbidly catchy treats.
  6. When it works, it's undoubtedly impressive: impressive enough, in fact, to counter the fact that Interpol are pretty light on ideas of their own.
  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 191
  1. BrendanN
    Jul 9, 2007
    10
    This album is so amazing that one more song of this quality would be almost earth-shattering. I get chills during every song, and there are This album is so amazing that one more song of this quality would be almost earth-shattering. I get chills during every song, and there are several moments on the album that are so gorgeous to hear that I wouldn't be surprised if multiple listens bring tears of joy to my eyes. Expand
  2. Henry5
    Jul 18, 2007
    10
    awesome awesome awesome!
  3. Dec 30, 2014
    10
    Interpol's best album, easily. It's nearly flawless- "Pioneer to the Falls" and "Mammoth" stand out as two of the finest tracks the band hasInterpol's best album, easily. It's nearly flawless- "Pioneer to the Falls" and "Mammoth" stand out as two of the finest tracks the band has ever recorded. Hopefully in the long run it will get the respect it deserves. Expand
  4. EricoM.
    Jul 11, 2007
    9
    It's a great album. I think if you don't like the style, don't vote or critic. I love the Interpol's depressin songs and It's a great album. I think if you don't like the style, don't vote or critic. I love the Interpol's depressin songs and lyrics. If you don't shut up. Go listen Fergie or some American Idol singer and be happy Expand
  5. BobB
    Aug 2, 2007
    8
    solid record. streets ahead of antics. indie wankers are full of excrement.
  6. benk.
    Jul 20, 2007
    7
    three brilliant songs; all in all interpol do what they're best at; no use for a third album if you have the first and second.
  7. markb.
    Jul 5, 2007
    0
    boring

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