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  • 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.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    For such a dark and brooding record, Turn on the Bright Lights is also unexpectedly thrilling, coasting on jagged minor-chord guitar melodies and huge emotional swells with a ton of high points along the way.
  2. 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]
  3. Plainly stated, Turn on the Bright Lights is the album modern followers of post-punk have been waiting for.
  4. Interpol's virtue lies in the way its music unfurls from pinched openings to wide-open codas.
  5. It sounds like the Ramones covering OK Computer. It's also one of the best debuts of the year.
  6. 70
    There's exhilaration amid the despondency, as powerful songs and a light, shoegazey sheen means they frequently soar. [Sep 2002, p.111]
  7. Interpol's sleek, melancholy sound is a thing of glacial beauty.

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  1. Negative: 2 out of 133
  1. JoelT
    Sep 23, 2004
    Put simply, this is the most audacious and stunning debut album of the last 20 years. From the frantic punk of 'Obstacle 1' to the gothic beauty of Stella...' at no point does the quality drop any lower than sublimely immense. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2011
    possibly 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 Collapse
  3. JackM
    Mar 21, 2006
    Awesome Band....They are what I wish U2 had evoled into in the early 90's.
  4. TravisD
    Jun 11, 2007
    Turn on the Bright Lights is undoubtedly a great achievement in music, and I think in a few years, it will become one of those classic albums that more and more people will love. Expand
  5. SergioL.
    Aug 4, 2008
    Awesome album. I love every single track.
  6. Mar 19, 2011
    Such a great album, draws you in at certain times and then has you take a step back .Timeless classic which, though does have elements of Joy Division within, is a nice deviation from the norm of post-punk revivalists. Expand
  7. JP
    Jul 9, 2005
    They rip off Joy Division and OK Computer throughout and do a poor job of it. Every song on this album sounds nearly identical and the singers tone throughout never gets beyond depressed. I purchased this after having a friend claim it was great, he was sadly mistaken. The key to going for a retro sound is to take what the previous bands did and change it so it becomes your own, at this Interpol failed. Expand

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