- Summary: You won't read very many reviews of this New York band without seeing the words Joy Division pop up, and although there are some similarities, Interpol has something new to offer as well. This debut LP includes the tracks "PDA" and "NYC" from the group's well-received first single for Matador.
- Record Label: Matador
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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Interpol mix the propulsive sonic backgrounds and emotional swells of early-'80s post-punk with unexpected bursts of melody and their own brand of wit to create one of themost exciting new sounds of the year. [23 Aug 2002, p.142]
May 28, 2011The lyrics can be very very awkward, but I get the feeling that it's intentional. It is tough, however, to find an album with soooooo many brilliant hooks. "Obstacle 1," "PDA," "Say Hello to the Angels," "Stella...," "Hands Away," and "Obstacle 2" have got to be some of the most amazing rock hooks ever put on record, while the rest of the album is enticing in an ethereal, hypnotic (and I mean extremely hypnotic) way. Simply put, what. a. **** record.… Expand
Mar 3, 2011possibly one of the greatest albums ever recorded. everyone stop comparing them to joy division. just because paul banks sings in a baritone voice, it does not mean he is ripping off ian curtis. it just means he sings in a baritone voice. last time i checked joy division didnt use a ton of reverb, interpol does. interpol is way more melodic than joy division. and i do not see the similarities with ok computer. yeah its a sad dark album, but i wouldnt say that sad dark albums are exclusive to radiohead. lucky, paranoid android, karma police, climbing up the walls, exit music (for a film), and no surprises sound nothing like this album. stop comparing them. even if they are "ripping them off", they ripped them off in a brilliant way. kurt cobain admitted to ripping off the pixies on nevermind, no one will argue that that album is bad. turn on the bright lights is an amazing album. end of argument… Expand
Jan 20, 2012Wow - not just one of the great debut records but one of the greatest albums of all time. It's def in my top 10 records ever anyway. You haven't lived until you've heard this record. The Joy Division influences are there but I think this is better than anything the Manchester band ever did. Interpol took the dark, brooding indie guitar genre to a whole new level on this record. Every track is brilliant from start to finish. Really captures the atmosphere of night time in a big city especially somewhere like NYC. 10 years on and the band's live sets still rely heavily on tracks off this record which says it all considering they have plenty of other great tracks to choose from. There hasn't been many records released by anyone since this that have been quite as good.… Expand
Dec 29, 2013The Album to me is basically black comedy, Its dark, downright depressing yet despite the overwhelming flow of bitter sweet agony you cant help but grin, this showing your morbid sense of entertainment and joy, making u laugh in a fit of sweet delight knowing that someone out their is WAY worse then you. Ohh and tracks are rather Catchy 2
-Interpol Turn On The Bright Lights: 10/10… Expand
Aug 4, 2014This album is a masterpiece of 2000's. It is the best album of that decade and one of the greatest of all time.
There are guitars, playing elegant and sad melodies, being soft, hard, gentle, raw.
There's an incredible drumming through it, Sam Fogarino plays the drums with an unmistakable emotive style, his style.
There are unforgettable bass lines, played by one of the best bassist of our times, Carlos Dengler, and there's the melancholic moving voice of Paul Banks.
This is an expressionist record, emotions flows through it from start to finish. When you put it on and the first track, Untitled, begins to play, you already feel the talent, the beauty and the uniqueness contained in what you're hearing. These things won't disappear during the listen and when you'll have finished to hear the last track, the love for Interpol will be filling your heart.… Expand
May 10, 2011A bit overrated but still somewhat of a modern post punk classic. The lyrics are a bit silly or nonsensical and that's usually a problem with me but for some reason it works with this album. Tracks like "Obstacle 1" "NYC" and "Leif Ericson" are just beautiful and make you wonder why this band couldn't go on forever.… Expand
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