Album Reviews

Interpol by Interpol

By Dahlia Belinsky

Interpol released their fourth album, self-entitled Interpol, on Sept. 7. This will be their fourth album and their third attempt at trying to find a new sound.

If you’re looking for the usual droning voice of lead singer Paul Banks and the low, easy going guitar of Daniel Kessler, you found it.

This is not to say that the album is in anyway of poor quality, it’s just that they are presenting their audience with the same music that they released in 2002, with a few exceptions.

The song, “Lights” that was released in May, is the perfect example of their failed attempt to vary their music. While Banks’ voice sounds terrific and his trademark moaning of the lyrics remains, it sounds no different than the songs from their album Antics.

The song “Try it On” stands out because of its extremely peculiar sound. The song begins with a piano, then accompanied by the drums and a whistling. Only when the chorus kicks in does the guitar and bass join in. The song is the most upbeat song on the album and uses much more instruments than Interpol is used to.

“Barricade,” a single released in August, however, is also a change for Interpol. Believe it, or not, this is music that someone could dance to and use it to get pumped up instead of falling asleep. When Banks yells the lyrics, “It starts to feel like a barricade that keeps us away” it would make an audience bang their head to the music. This is easily the best song on the album.

Lastly, their song “The Undoing” is the kind of song you would overlay in a movie during a drug exchange done by suave business men. It’s very slow and could easily put anyone to bed in the best way possible. Throughout the song, Banks sings in Spanish saying, “The pure loss does not compare to winning.” The band literally serenades you into a dreamlike state like an adult lullaby.

After the recording of their latest album bassist Carlos Dengler left, leaving Banks (vocals and guitar), Kessler (guitar and vocals), and Sam Fogarino (drums and percussions).

Interpol originated in New York City and were formed in 1997. Their first album, Turn on the Bright Lights, was released in 2002.

This album will appease and impress the majority of fans, but will in no way entice new ones to start listening to this mellow and murky band. Interpol performed a concert on Aug. 9 where they sold out the Metropolis. Look for tickets on the Internet or buy them off scalpers before the show.

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