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  • Summary: The NY-based band returns with its fourth, self-titled release, which was mixed by Alan Moulder and highlights the band's dark-themed, post-punk style.
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  • Record Label: Matador
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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Success
Dreams of long life What safety can you find See the great unknown That shade for miles Good eye I'm the good guy Dreams of long life What safety... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The riffs here are grander, the rhythms more limber, and the melodies more memorably moody than they've been in years.
  2. Uncut
    80
    It is still familiar as an Interpol album, but it's certainly their most refined, elegant and frightening release. [Oct 2010, p.97]
  3. While the band's celebrity rose in the wake of national tragedy, Interpol will remind you that it's time to be worried again.
  4. It's a better album than their last, and diehard fans should be satisfied, but it's not going to get the rest of us very excited.
  5. Instead of ending tensely and dramatically they are the final whimper and sigh of an album named after a band that have lost their way and aren't sure which direction they should be heading.
  6. Interpol may not be quite self-parody, but it's also not the sort of thing that's going to make them hip again anytime soon. Not that they would even care.
  7. Where they used to sound like the crackling of a subway car rounding a bend or the seediest alleys of New York in the pre-dawn hours, here they sound like alt-rock renderings of what moody post-punk is supposed to sound like.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Sep 8, 2010
    10
    There are a lot of people who are wrong about "Interpol". These people go into every Interpol album wondering if this will be another "Turn onThere are a lot of people who are wrong about "Interpol". These people go into every Interpol album wondering if this will be another "Turn on The Bright Lights", it isn't. But that's alright, because it isn't trying to be. The songs are darker, more atmospheric, with ethereal soundscapes and a greater focus on Paul's vocals for a lot of the songs. The songs, possibly less immediate, but still great. "Try It On" "Memory Serves" and "Summer Well" rank up with the best stuff the band has done. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was first going to limit my review by saying only this: 'Interpol' is a masterpiece, but then I saw there is a 150 words limit :-) Well, I can add what some have previously delineated: you have to give the album multiple listens. I myself already heard the potential of the songs after the first listenings, and then, for a while (say 10 listenings) I kept finding them better, however, without finding it a truly great album. But then, suddenly, there it was, the pieces fitted together, and I started to hear the magnificence of a few songs (for example 'Success'; what a brilliant, brilliant song this is! Truly one of their best, I find; same for 'Try it on') and others have grown on me ever since. Now, I must seriously say that I cannot live without anymore! The score thing isn't working quite good, but I say: 10/10. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2010
    10
    Interpol, Interpol Interpol... what is sad about Interpol? It's the fact that they released an amazing debut album which established theirInterpol, Interpol Interpol... what is sad about Interpol? It's the fact that they released an amazing debut album which established their sound.. and now some eight years later... subsequent albums are harshly criticized for no reason.... Yes... Our Love To Admire was not as good as TOTBL or ANTICS... but it was still a very good album... it was a grower... the same can be said for Interpol... though in many ways Interpol is a way better album than OLTA... but it is a grower... the songs at first glance all sound similar.... but listen close and you will see the textures, the riffs, the complexities, the emotion... and the great story.. basically Interpol is about a relationship falling apart.... and its effects on the sanity of a man... just listen...

    Album Standouts: Memory Serves, Lights, Barricade, Always Malaise (The Way I Am), Try It On, and All Of The Ways
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  4. Sep 8, 2010
    8
    Definitely not "Turn on the Bright Lights" but definitely not as inconsistent as the "Our Love to Admire".
    I wasn't too enthusiastic about
    Definitely not "Turn on the Bright Lights" but definitely not as inconsistent as the "Our Love to Admire".
    I wasn't too enthusiastic about some of the songs listed on it but on subsequent listens, they seem to be growing on me. Who cares if it's not as good as their first album, it's still better than most other alternative albums coming out on the whole. What Interpol does do well on the whole is create atmospherics and they have plenty of flourishes here. Check it out and make your own opinion!
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  5. Apr 3, 2013
    8
    A very mature release from te band, and a great ambitious album with tints of progressive rock in some of the tracks. One of the darkestA very mature release from te band, and a great ambitious album with tints of progressive rock in some of the tracks. One of the darkest albums they've ever released. Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2010
    7
    This is not the same fun loving band of years past, but their brooding, ominous and epic-sounding doppelgangers from the Bizarro World whereThis is not the same fun loving band of years past, but their brooding, ominous and epic-sounding doppelgangers from the Bizarro World where Interpol sounds like early Editors. If you think that is not such a bad thing, you will be pleased with the new Dark Interpol. If you expect catchy radio hits or a new TOTBL, you might be disappointed. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    1
    A tired album from a tired band. I didn't approach it expecting another "Turn on the Bright Lights" or even another "Antics". I approached itA tired album from a tired band. I didn't approach it expecting another "Turn on the Bright Lights" or even another "Antics". I approached it expecting a feeble effort to recapture their earlier innovation and that's exactly what I found. I would have been more impressed had they ventured into more foreign, questionable territory; New School hip-hop for example. At least then they would be experimenting, trying something new, pushing boundaries, taking risks. Instead, as with their last album, they have simply thrown up a turgid regurgitation of their best work. How predictable. With this scathing criticism in mind, calling the album 'Interpol' just seems like a lame attempt to slap their once innovative name upon a work that can at best make you yearn for the old Interpol. Because the Interpol of 2010 is coming across as very old indeed. Expand

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