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Turn On The Bright Lights [CD]

Interpol Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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From the highly melodic “Barricade” and “Lights” through the snarling “Memory Serves” and the extraordinary triptych of connected tracks that close the album, Interpol have never made work this emotionally resonant or packed with crescendos. Mixer Alan Moulder has brought the rhythm section back to the fore, anchoring a thicket of orchestral sound that ... Read more in Amazon's Interpol Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B00006BTCA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untitled
2. Obstacle 1
3. NYC
4. PDA
5. Say Hello To The Angels
6. Hands Away
7. Obstacle 2
8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
9. Roland
10. The New
11. Leif Erikson

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The early 80s sub-gothic, post-punk are clearly Interpol's obsession on Turn On the Bright Lights. Though stylishly clad in suits and ties and unmistakably a New York band, their music is a literate, atmospheric, always-moody, sometimes-trashy post-punk often recalling the Psychedelic Furs, particularly with "PDA", "Obstacle 2", "Roland" and "Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down". And this is definitely a good thing. While most young bands are still rhyming "make it" with "fake it", it's truly refreshing to hear Interpol's melodramatic tales of tortured and tortuous urban relationships. Like their peers the Strokes, they're a bright band, sophisticated and meticulous enough to build genuinely stirring soundscapes. Turn On the Bright Lights is an absolute must for anyone who missed Echo & The Bunnymen, the Furs or Joy Division the first time round. --Dominic Wills

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AUSTRALIAN EDITION : Features rare BONUS track "Specialist"! Debut 2002 album of lean post-punk 'n' penetratingly dark rock from the beloved New York boys. Includes "NYC" and "Obstacle 1".

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, compelling debut 11 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Popular wisdom says that Interpol are a bunch of Joy Division copyists. Popular wisdom is wrong. If we're talking influences, yes, Joy Division are there - but so are Echo and the Bunnymen, the Chameleons, Teardrop Explodes, Bauhaus and perhaps most neglected of all Magazine. These guys know their New Wave. But they haven't given us a preserved tribute - they've taken the bleak, bracing vision, the wordy and intelligent lyrics and the fusion of electronics and conventional instruments in a distinctive direction themselves. Everything has been assimilated, processed, filtered through a distinctive attitude - and the result is as fresh and compelling an album as I've heard this year. Interpol conjure vast space inside their music, marrying epic guitar to rigorous, almost stifling percussion and keyboards. In the dramatic space between these, twisted lyrics have room to slide into your head.
This is powerful stuff. Occasionally, yes, I'll admit it, I find myself thinking that the ghosts of Martin Hannett and Ian Curtis must've been somewhere near the studio, but think of this as a beginning - a jumping-off point from whence Interpol will start producing music of unprecedented subtlety and power.
Low spots.... none.
High spots... "Obstacle 2" followed immediately by "Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down". If ever an album had a perceptible heart of darkness, these two tracks constitute one.
Remarkable, addictive, shiny, deadly, and unmissable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interpol - 11 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Interpol are at the very fore-front of the recent New York musical upsurge. With bands like the Strokes outlining their punk and new wave influences emphatically, Interpol offer a more laid back, melancholy take on this style. Filled with tuneful, brooding and stirring pieces of music, often bordering on anthemic, like 'NYC', and 'Leif Erikson' showing the spine tingling melodies that this fantastic new band are capable of producing.
As well as a definate 'new-wave' sound, Interpol recall the sound of early Suede records, and a style unarguably influenced by David Bowie. Often, especially in some of the guitar sounds, they do not sound unlike The Smiths, and with these fantastic influences, they couldn't fail to produce one of the most interesting and unique albums of the moment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic debut from 2002.... 2 Jun 2005
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
'Turn on the Bright Lights' was released in 2002 on the back of several singles-e.p.-releases, many pointing out the band were very influenced by the post-punk scene - something that has now become very trendy (Bloc Party, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery, Radio 4 etc.)Everyone cites Joy Division in relation to Interpol- this is something that I just don't get as over their two-albums there is close to NOTHING that sounds like Joy Division (O.K. you can have the opening few seconds of drumming on PDA, but no more!). They don't have an OTT-Martin Hannett production like JD, have more oblique lyrics than despairing like JD, and have a sound that could be compared to many other post-punk acts (The Psychedelic Furs, The Chameleons, Echo & the Bunnymen), or alternative U.S. acts (Sonic Youth, Sebadoh- the vocals to 'Hands Away' are very Lou Barlow, Fugazi, The Wipers, Television, Guided By Voices etc)The comparisons to Joy Division just don't swing as far as I see...
'Turn on the Bright Lights' manages to nod to some of the above acts, yet retain a quality that makes you think you're listening to Interpol, and not some plagiaristic tribute band to Josef-K or Television (hello Franz Ferdinand & The Strokes!). It's an album that I have played constantly since and would definitely consider one of the classics of the decade thus far, alongside Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', The Magnetic Field's '69 Love Songs', GSYBE!'s 'Lift Yr Skinny Fists...', Tom Waits' 'Alice' & 'Mass Romantic' by The New Pornographers (I've probably left out loads of others...)'Turn on the Bright Lights' is one of those albums that I wish I didn't have and could happily purchase again with each visit to a record shop...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s doom pop the way you remember it (or not) 13 Jan 2003
By Anthony Lynas VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
So the New Rock Revolution, which has so far managed to effectively recycle late '60s psychedelia and blues, early '70s metal, late '70s punk and early '80s air guitar rock finally reaches the mid '80s and Joy Division, The Psychedelic Furs and Echo & the Bunnymen. Of all the UK-influenced US bands who have crashed our shores in the last 2 years, Interpol are the most English sounding and the ones with the greatest musical depth.
In terms of sound, they're closest to the Furs - although the occasional moments of light that cascaded through the Bunnymen's work are present here too, and there are nods back to the grandaddy of them all, Television as well. Yet, for all their repeated chords, strangled vocals, cymbal crashes and sudden silences, Interpol are very much their own band. They manage to sound very much like you imagined your favourite 80s bands sounded before you go back and listen to them again - only to find out that they didn't sound as good as this band do now. Their music is dynamic, heavily layered, and has genuine intelligence and depth and, like many of the best Pavement and Television tracks, their's often have occasional sounds or chords that chime through the darkness and provide a clear focal point for the apparent confusion and fear that reigns elsewhere.
The standout tracks are the opener, Untitled, with it's occasional power chord chopping through the gloom, NYC, and Stella was a diver and she was always down - but the whole album is very strong and focussed and works much better as a whole than as individual tracks. It's just a shame the excellent Specialist doesn't appear here.
Interpol are as relevant and important to the return of rock as The Strokes and The White Stripes and will be huge in the next two years - buy this record and you'll see why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great to have so many extras
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Published 1 month ago by Val Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars For me,their first AND best
For me,their best album.'NYC' is my fave on here.Powerful stuff and not afraid to show their influences in Joy Division,Bowie,Krautrock etc etc etc. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interpol turn on the bright lights
Their first album but still worth adding to your collection. Interpol in my opinion have not produced one bad album but their first set the bench mark for the other bands to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Interpol fan
Great album. I've been a big Interpol fan for quite some time! Have recently had to re-purchase some music due to a problem with my computer...very annoying... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jade Cleaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential to any interpol fan
The early recordings sound so different to what we all know and love by interpol. Personally I think Paul's voice is no where near as good as it is now. It drones way too much. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ojtatch
5.0 out of 5 stars worth getting
I nearly didn't bother buying this since I already own most of the tracks on mp3. I'm really glad I did though. It reminded me of the Joy Division Heart and Soul box set. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
A great album in the first place and coupled with the additional tracks and features make this a must for Interpol fans out there! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jeff Turner
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