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Interpol: Interpol

by on September 14, 2010

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Let down. That’s all that I can think of when I heard Interpol’s newly released self-titled album. This post will be a record setter, for the first time in The Sonic Flow history an album, Interpol by Interpol, will get a rating lower than a 6.5, than a 6, an album will get the abomination of a 5/10 ranking.

I have been an Interpol fan from the start, Our Love to Admire, Turn on the Bright Lights, Antics, all albums I value as a great listen, but this one…it is almost patronizing on how bad it is.

Interpol consists of Paul Banks (superb vocalist, guitar), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Greg Drudy (drums, percussion), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), however after the recording of Interpol Dengler left to pursue other projects.

Interpol first entered the music scene locally in New York, releasing their first album in 2002 titled Turn on the Bright Lights. The album was an instant success, the album was a complete turn around from the music being created at the time, with Paul Banks’ New York accent accenting the band perfectly, excuse the pun. The band’s subsequent albums, Antics (2004) and Our Love to Admire (2007), were also widely accepted and appreciated. Interpol started with an bit of an ominous sound to them, a man’s voice crooning over lost love, over lust, over life’s obstacles, thus the songs by the same title “obstacle 1” and “obstacle 2”. Interpol later progressed to a popier tone with Antics, but fanfare disapproved of this move and Interpol ended up reverting to their niche of…well, more depressed sounding music.

Interpol truly has been one of my favorite bands, I just love what they have done with their music, it has a fresh sound and a unique quality to it, that’s why I was so looking forward to this album! It had been almost three years since Interpol let us hear a new song, and then there’s this…this piece of garbage. I don’t even want to get into it too much. Basically, the album sounds like the band threw some minor triad chords in there, arpeggiated them, and called it a day, it sounds pompous and effortless, and not in a good way like Kanye.

Interpol’s beauty has been its obvious attention to detail, its downward spiral of emotional turmoil and the idea that love is not all grand, it takes effort and discipline. This album was a struggle to listen through. I tried, I really did, to listen over it again, thinking, perhaps I was in a weird mood and it’s actually a good album! Nope. It sucks. If anyone else believes otherwise, good on ya mate! I’m glad someone got somethingg out of this. Otherwise, don’t waste your time, do what I’m doing, pretend this album never came out so you can continue loving Interpol.


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