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The newest album from one of New York's finest alternative rock bands, Interpol's new album El Pintor was recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City with all songs written and produced by Interpol. The band included Daniel Kessler playing guitar and piano, Samuel Fogarino on drums and Paul Banks on vocals, guitars and, for the first time, bass duties.
The album also features Brandon Curtis (The Secret Machines) playing keyboards on nine songs, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Beck) playing keyboards on 'Tidal Wave' and Rob Moose (Bon Iver) playing violin and viola on 'Twice As Hard'. The album features the tracks Ancient Ways, All The Rage Back Home and My Desire.
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Interpol are always going to have ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ weighing heavy on their shoulders as it was a debut of near perfection. The follow-ups Antics and Our Love to Admire never reach the dizzying heights of bright lights.
Listening to El Pintor is a pointer to why the album Interpol was possibly not the greatest of Interpol albums. At that time Carlos D left and Interpol were going through a transition, and needed 4 years of rest and a regrouping to produce something that is worthy of Interpol.
El Pintor is not going to match the heights of ‘Bright Lights’ but at times it does come close. Paul Banks takes up bass duty as well as guitar and vocal duties and the album certainly has a more post-punk feel. The synthesisers are still there but take a less prominent role and are reduced to providing back-up for Kessler's guitar. It’s a back to basics album and is certainly Interpol’s strongest release for many years and well worth buying.
Its a very driven album similar to Antics but sounds fresh and uplifting.
All The Rage Back Home, Same Town New Story, Tidal Wave and Twice as Hard are stand out tracks and for me they are easily as good as anything this moving and inspiring band have created.
Whilst each subsequent release has had it's moments ("Not Even Jail" from "Antics", "No 'I' in Threesome" from "Our Love to Admire", "Lights" from "Interpol"), the sum of the parts have never matched the cohesive genius of their debut. Their last album in particular seemed like a mess of half baked ideas and very little in the way of actual tunes, so when news broke that they were releasing a new album, i remained cautious.
The first single off the album "All the Rage Back Home" was arguably the best song they had released in a long time, energetic and driven, it really whetted my appetite for "El Pintor". Having listened to the album to and from work for the last week, and given it time to reveal itself fully, i can safely say that whilst not matching "Turn on the Bright Lights" (what does?), it is at least as good as "Antics" (if not better) and certainly a lot better than their last two albums. The only criticism i can level at it is that the final mix could have been slightly better, it's a little murky and not as clean sounding as it could be, but it is only a minor criticism.
Standout tracks are "All the Rage Back Home", "My Desire", "Same Town, New Story" and the sublime "My Blue Supreme", where Paul Banks employs a wonderful falsetto for the verse.
Definitely a return to form.
One of their strengths is producing music that evolves with every listen, from their excellent debut album Turn on the Bright Lights, through to the much underrated Our Love to Admire.The Interpol album (2010) was a blip in an otherwise sterling back catalogue. With the departure of Carols Dengler, I worried that this might have been the beginning of the end, however El Pintor proves my concerns were unfounded.
The album starts strongly with All the Rage Back Home and this carries on through the album with the tracks My Desire and Same Town, New Story standing out, for me.
A definite welcome return.
I've only bought El Pintor recently as I would describe myself as a casual fan. However, I really must get my back catalogue up to date as this is absolutely stellar. Beautifully atmospheric and just gorgeous. My Desire and My Blue Supreme are the outstanding tracks but to be honest, there isn't one bad track on this. Wonderful stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
anything interpol do is ok by me, so quite a pointless review really.Published 3 months ago by wat dabney
Superb album, read some negative reviews but you won't be disappointed !!Published 15 months ago by Mr. D. Deeks
Nice album. Probably not on a par with the first one but it grows on you the more you listen to it.Published 15 months ago by Dela