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Turn On The Bright Lights [VINYL]
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2005
well after listening to this FANTASTIC record aswell as antics i must say interpol are the best band to come out in a while hell ever!!!!!!!! lee johnson yes that crazy cat got me in2 interpol and i have been addicted ever since i fiorst herd them (evil first song i herd) i must say that this is joint best album i have ever herd* from traks like obstical 1 and 2 to the glorious the new and untitled hell every song is amazing!!! but it now u will not be dissapointed. interpol is a very much cult band as there main obvious influences are Echo & The Bunnymen aswell as Joy Division. and from interpol new band editors have been spawned following interpols dark and gloomy song writing.
*joint best album with antics of course!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2006
This album truely is one of the all time greats. People expecting an instant coldplayish buzz will be sadly dissapointed. I reckon it took me around ten plays before it had me. I can only compare my experience of listening this album to that of ok computer. It just has everything on it. From the beautiful way the album begins, the ballsy PDA which truly makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck. The riotous car crash that is Roland, to the beatiful finale. It really does take your breath away. I can only urge people to let this album get hold of you..
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2003
After hearing and liking there single "Obstacle 1" I only got round to getting this album after hearing "Say hello to Angels".
Slow to pick up on the talent this band have I guess.
The album starts with the beautiful "untilted" reminds me of coldplays "clocks" which I hate, this is a much better alternative.
Then the single "obstacle 1" quality throughout this track. A great choice the first UK single.
"NYC" possibly my favorite track on album.
Next up "PDA" another great track. These 2 track shine through with the great voice of the lead singer, sounding like Smasking Pumpkins.
The single which brought my to purchasing the album "Say hello to the angels", alot higher tempo than the other tracks on the album.
"hands away" fails to grab my attention much. My least favourite track but not all that bad which gives you an idea of the quality of the album.
"Obstacle 2" on a par with "Obstacle 1" very diffrent tracks but both superb.
"Stella was a..." yet again stunning track. Slow track with great
singing.
"Roland" the most rocky track on the album, great explosions from fast to slow tempo on this song. Again the singers voice astound me.
"The New" a nice track, the one that grows one you the most
The last track on the album "leif erikson" a nice wind down for the album.
Too good for an overall review needed a track by track breakdown
An album that requires great attention. Very relaxing music in my opinion, too good to be used as background music. If you're bored and alone put this in your cd player and put on some earphones. After many listens the album will grow on you.
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on 29 September 2014
That's wonderful
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on 31 December 2014
Fantastic album
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on 31 August 2014
Just buy it.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2003
Let me preface this review by stating that according to modern standards I am about five and a half thousand years old, and the eighties were my time. I had a silly hair cut and everything. Ahh, those were the days...
After initially being annoyed by the mass outpouring of retro that we are currently experiencing, I have been swept away recently by some of the better exponents. First the Strokes, then Hot Hot Heat and now Interpol. I spent many a dark hour brooding in my room disturbing my almost estranged parents listening to Joy Division, and I am happy to hear their 2003 legacy in the form of Interpol.
"Turn on the bright lights" is a great album, I can almost taste the teenage angst again. Interpol distill a focus group of dark eighties infuences into a consistent style, most obviously Joy Division but also the Smiths ("Say hello to the angels") and maybe even Cocteau Twins...
However I can't give an album that is this derivative five stars. Interpol have crafted a great sound, but if you like this you simply have to check out "Closer" or "Atmosphere" by Joy Division, and plumb the depths of Ian Curtis's profoundly and tragically troubled imagination. Interpol convey melancholy in a borrowed style, Joy Division swung on the pendulum of psychosis in a devastatingly original and challenging new musical landscape. And you just don't see this in the new retro stuff.
If you are looking for vision and inspiration in contemporary popular music, look at Radiohead, Massive Attack, Tricky, assorted electronica. "Turn on the bright lights" showcases the styles of past masters worked into an enjoyable, palatable and compact form, but Interpol can never achieve the depth of their influences.
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on 28 July 2014
Fantastic!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2002
This is awesome stuff. If you like the current wave of American new wave/garage rock bands (the Strokes etc) then you will adore this record. Dark and slightly foreboding, it is nontheless intelligent stuff. Gloom rock at its very best.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2003
Forget the misleading Joy Divison comparisons, the '80s band that Interpol most closely resemble in their sound is underrated Mancunians,The Chameleons. Chilly, stabbing guitars? Check. Huge, rumbling basslines? Yep. Subtle use of synths? You got it.

The only thing missing is a really commanding vocal presence, which would make these songs even more arresting. That said, Interpol's music has a pleasing mystery redolent of the best of those '80s bands who wore overcoats.

The album opens with 'Untitled' and its repeated line "I will surprise you sometime/I'll come round, when you're down" strikes a suitably ambivalent tone - is it a promise or a threat? Is he coming to comfort you or kill you?

'NYC' is strangely moving, with its stately pace and lyrics damning the coldness and isolation of city life - "I'm sick of spending these lonely nights, training myself not to care."

Moments of humour poke through the gloom too, like the cunning punning of 'Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down.'

Amongst the current crop of '80s obsessed indie bands, Interpol, in their vintage DMs and skinny ties, bring more style and elan to the party than most.
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