Well, we didn't see this coming. After a (to put it nicely) lackluster major label record, we kind of thought we weren't going to care about Interpol again. We got that brilliant debut, and a good second record, and that would be it. We were wrong.
For this eponymous record, Interpol are back on indie staple Matador Records, and have re-captured some of the magic found on their first two records. That isn't to say that they simply copied their former sound, but instead, they have branched out, while still maintaining the dark edges that made them compelling in the first place.
This record is probably their most aggressive, but it (tailored) suits them well. Songs like "Barricade" and "Try it On" are propelled by singer Paul Banks' sneer, as the rest of the band churns out tout rhythms. Interpol have also recaptured their ability to write anthemic songs that never seem overdone. Songs like "Memory Serves" and "Safe Without" soar, but never get lost in the clouds.
Interpol are back, and it makes us happy.
Recommended If You Like:
the first two Interpol records, snappy drums, dancing in the dark.
a cocktail bar.
losing enough weight to fit into your favorite suit.
sweat and cologne.
Listen to When:
you're having a low-key after party.
Vinyl the Cat says:
This record makes my fur even darker.
Interpol - Barricade
Interpol - Try It On