'Evil' is the second single from Interpol's highly acclaimed second album, 'Antics'. Which follows on from the enormous success of their 2002 debut, 'Turn On The Bright Lights'.
Opening with a grumbling Peter Hook/Kim Deal like bassline, 'Evil' starts off rather simple and uninspired, yet suave. Gradually, it evolves into an almost anthemic ending, which ultimately changed my own opinion of the song after first listening. Carlos Dengler's appetising bass work is the backbone of the song, and generally carries the track from start to finish. While Paul Banks distinct vocals, reminiscent of Ian Curtis, describes an obvious story of love/heartbreak and infatuation. -"Sandy, why can't we look the other way...you're weightless, semi-erotic...you need someone to take you there".
This is without a doubt not Interpol's best work to date. Although the obvious move away from their more darker, moodier work of 'Turn On The Bright Lights', is certainly no bad apple on their part.
'Evil' may well be Interpol's most 'radio-friendly' single to date. And though comparisons to Joy Division continue to sub-conciously haunt this band, they are nonetheless a group of exceptional artists that continue to deliver ground-breaking music. May they continue to do so.