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The quintessential 'grower'. Listen again, then some more. You'll love it.,
This review is from: Our Love To Admire (Audio CD)
I love Interpol. They have a really unique sound, Paul Banks' vocals are evocative, the guitar riffs are heavenly and both combine effortlessly with the soaring basslines. After becoming gripped by the excellent first 2 albums I have waited so long, too long, for this album to come out and thankfully it doesn't disappoint. I think that it's much darker and emotional than the last album 'Antics' and I can't stop listening to it.
Appreciating an Interpol album is akin to taking time to read through a long, complex novel. You might have to go back over it a few times to get your head around some of the more obscure lyrics but eventually you'll get there and when you do it'll be so worthwhile.
The stand out tracks here are as follows:
I really like the opener, 'Pioneer to the Falls', it's got a good gentle rhythm to it and leads perfectly into the rest of the album quite nicely.
The first single, 'Heinrich Maneuver', is about getting closure from a relationship and moving on when your 'heart swings', realising that the girl you fell for isn't so perfect after all and generally being annoyed that you obsessed for so long over someone so vain - 'I don't want to read your thoughts anymore'. It gets better and better every time you hear it.
'Mammoth' has a real intensity and passion about it with the crashing guitar crescendos and shouting vocals giving a real edge to the song. It reminds me a lot of 'Not Even Jail' on the 'Antics' album. The sense of loathing for the person in question in the lyrics is palpable, the 'just spare me the suspense' chorus has a 'I'm just past caring about what you do anymore' feel about it.
'All Fired Up' is great track too. Here Paul Banks seems to appear as quite a possessive boyfriend or something along those lines.
The best track on the album is undoubtedly 'Rest My Chemistry'. All subtlety goes out the window here - this song is blatantly about trying to come off drugs and all the difficult interlinking life-choices that come as a consequence of that decision. The candid, heartfelt lyrics and catchy bass-line have all the makings of a true classic. This could well become Interpol's signature tune - it's the best song I've heard this year by some distance.
For me this album just serves to further cement Interpol's place as the best band around at the moment. No-one else comes close.