on 23 November 2007
You will not find Interpol straying far from what they know on this, their third LP. Musically, the band have developed very little. Bar the introduction of Keyboards into the mix, there is very little to distinguish the sound of album number three from Antics or Turn on the Bright Lights. It remains minimalist alternative Indie, with a slightly greater emphasis on the lead guitar.
Where the band have progressed is in song and album structure. Each track is a thoroughly enjoyable listen: eleven emotionally charged tracks, each leading from the last with fluidity and grace. Each instrument is now less obvious among the mix, facilitating a more professional, and grander sound (evident no more so than on epic album opener "Pioneer to the Falls"). The album succeeds as one piece of work, and as a collection of tracks, and has nailed the formula for what is required to make an album great.
Our Love to Admire is arguably the band's greatest work to date - the album features practically no filler. It is a thoroughly enjoyable listen throughout, and is definitely one of the finds of 2007.
on 17 July 2007
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.
on 27 June 2007
i acquired this album through a friend of a friend who had a promo copy. This was 24 hrs ago now and i can say already: WOW! It's another great album from Interpol.
The opener 'Pioneer To The Falls' continues the tradition of strong album starts. It's arguably the best best of the three so far. The single 'The Heinrich Manoever' took a few listens to grow on me but now I love it. 'Mammoth' follows and is sure to become a firm favourite for any fan. Then completing a flourishing triumvirate, and a flawless first half is 'Pace Is The Trick' which is simply wonderful.
It's true to say the the second half of the album doesn't quite continue in the same way. However, the songs at their very worst ('All Fired Up') are still 100 times better than the cheap imitators like Editors, and the final track 'Lighthouse' is the closest Interpol have come to their own proclamation that they are more influenced by film than music. It is epic in scale and demonstrates to me why Interpol are such an important band.
on 31 October 2015
I already had "Antics" and "...Bright Lights", so grabbed this when I saw a cheap second hand copy. Terrific album. My favourite of heirs so far. "No I in Threesome" is amusing; all the musicianship is excellent.
on 26 July 2007
GREAT! Interpol have done it...delicate shades of light amid the darkness, a progression,an essential part of any indie music and this third album is full of subtle changes and chinks of daylight.
After the intense and slightly montonous "Antics".."Our Love" is a gentler synthesis of chiming guitars,glacial synths and softer vocals from paul banks. the lyrics are better than on "Antics" and the baritone gloom is lifted in some tracks as well.
I really didnt expect much from this but Interpol have touched greatness here with some glimpses of melody,hints of harmony and even a Morricone-influenced closing track..the future is a little less black.....!
on 24 June 2015
After listening to this album a very times I like it very much. But then I am an Interpol fan so maybe a bit biased. It's best to read some of the other reviews for a more in depth view. But this is an album I,m happy to own.
on 18 July 2007
Like a lot of Interpol fans I was waiting with nervous anticipation for this album, all the hype and speculation about the possiblities of signing for a major label ruining the sound are for the most part unfounded.
This album really benefits from a greater level of instumentation over the last two, oboe solo anyone? Production is excellent throughout although, although some may dislike the poppier sound to some, but not all of the tracks, drums seem to be more to the fore than before, with the bass taking a little more of a back seat and losing some of the peculiar but brilliant funk/disco vibe that antics had, there's a real feeling of "cinema" throughout.
It's a captivating listen, suffering a little from the usual swing between the ridiculous and sublime lyrics of Paul Banks, some give pause for thought and reflection, others are more like slightly dodgy sixth form poetry, but as usual that's the minority.
highlights for me include the opener Pioneer to the falls, a heartfelt and bold start to the album, no I in threesom is excellent and an unusual topic for a track, lets hope it's a single.
For me the slight lows would be All fired up... it's just a bit.. weak, although it's no doubt going to be popular on the dancefloor, who do you think and lighthouse aren't too inspiring, but perhaps they'll be long term "growers".
Overall though, a thoroughly good third album that sticks to the Interpol formula, but adds a new level of polish that doesn't in anyway detract from the atmosphere and feel you'd expect. (The special edition is nicely done too)
There was a definite fear with Interpol's move from indie Matador to major Capitol and Carlos D's look drifiting from vague fascist of a Joy Division disposition to the look of The Killers that Interpol would turn into one of those bands of a U2/Coldplay disposition. It could be done - remember how great Simple Minds were before the bombast set in, or how bad the Bunnymen were when they tried to do that stuff? Our Love to Admire isn't that vast shift, in fact, it's Interpol as usual, just with a more ambitious, wider sound - vaster production values, but none of that bombast. It's quite refreshing to here a band trying to extend their earlier sound accordingly, so there is essence of Talk Talk in opener Pioneer to the Falls, twiddly post rock shapes on The Lighthouse and Wrecking Ball, and psychedelia on Mammoth, which sounds like Dust-era Screaming Trees playing a Psychedelic Furs song. Our Love to Admire isn't the sellout LP, and Interpol don't warrant those Duran Duran-jibes from the Independent's Andy Gill (especially since they seem to have been borrowed from a member of Battles dissing The Strokes in the Guardian!!). Interpol do sound like bands of yore - Comsat Angels, Kitchens of Distinction, the Furs, The Chameleons, The Sound, the Bunnymen etc - but they still manage to sound a bit fresh and transcend the easy fingerpointing "that comes from there...and there..." that I do with LCD Soundsystem, Josef Ferdinand & Radiohead.
The most epic tracks are amongst the most interesting here, Pioneer to the Falls, Rest My Chemistry and The Lighthouse all push five minutes, perhaps this is a direction Interpol should follow next? The sound has changed, there are lots more keyboards and emebellishments, which might have to do with the drummer having nerve problems, or Carlos D wanting to make soundtracks and listening only to classical (see a recent blog on Guardian Unlimited). I wonder if an instrumental record by Interpol would be interesting? - though I think they like songs and vocals, so like a band like Wire, seem caught between poppier climes and the avant garde, which isn't the worst place to be...
No I in Threesome is unlike a previous record, with a John Cale/Terry Riley style piano and a feel that reminds me a little of early REM, or one of their peers like Pylon (see the wonderful Crazy). Next track The Scale similarly throws the listener, who might be waiting for an Evil or Slow Hands - instead it's a tight mid paced rocker that concludes with an E-Bow solo from Paul Banks that sounds very Robert Fripp...which can only be quite a decent thing? Those who wanted another Antics and not best pleased so far will be appeased with single the Heinrich Maneuver which is a sort of sequel to Evil, with a Pixies-style bassline - though it's even tighter and more angular, veering off into an odd direction - even sounding like the next track. Heinrich even gets away with the line, "today my heart swings", which in other hands probably wouldn't fly. My favourite track and the centrepiece of the album is Mammoth, which appears to be one of the few tracks they're playing from Our Love to Admire on this year's tour - though much of that has been Festival related. Let's hope that more Admire-material is moved into the live set by the time I see them in Birmingham in August! I'd rather hear No I In Threesome, Rest My Chemistry, Mammoth, Pioneer to the Falls, The Scale, Heinrich, Pace is the Trick and The Lighthouse than an older song...
The first half of the LP concludes strongly on Pace is the Trick, which feels like an expansion on directions apparent on earlier joys like NYC, Leif Erikson and A Time So Small. Our Love...goes a bit askew next with All Fired Up, which doesn't quite hang together for me - sounding like several ideas that don't quite fuse together - fortunately Rest My Chemistry is next and returns things back to that high standard. The keyboards are quite ambient, though the second guitar that comes in does sound like that riff from Where Is My Mind by The Pixies!! Who Do You Think sounds like a revisit to the style of Say Hello to the Angels, while the closing duo of Wrecking Ball and The Lighthouse point at interesting directions for the future (whether Capitol will agree with that though...). The last two tracks feel a little shoegaze, a little post rock and certainly not the anthemic directions that some may have expected from a Killers version of Interpol...
How Our Love to Admire will date is another question, but right now it sounds pretty fine and not the dud some reviews are suggesting - I have a feeling some of these songs will be as pleasantly regarded as Untitled, Obstacle 1, or Not Even Jail in the future...
After the brilliance of their previous two albums it was hard to envisage Interpol topping what had come before . It was also difficult to envisage the band doing anything radically different and so it proves . They may now be on a major label and that shows with cleaner production( courtesy of Rich Coster) and a more effusive array of instrumentation , but this is music that doesn't much deviate from the Interpol that we all know and love ....except in one respect. Their music has always contained levels of density and complexity rivalled by very few others , indeed that's maybe one of the reasons we all like them ,but Our Love To Admire is so impenetrable it takes real concerted effort to come to terms with . It's worth it in the end but it is very hard work.
There is little indication of this with the opening chiming chords of "Pioneer To The Falls", the most accessible track on the album . The tiny plinking piano notes give way to the usual phalanx of keyboards and guitars that build and build like something very big being built. After that it took quite a few listens , obvious single The Heinrich Maneuver apart-the one song to approximate the imperative urgency of many of the song on Antics- to sink in and for the songs to make sense.
The music is by turns dramatic, tense , muscular , foreboding , grandiose , even a little pretentious but it's never less than exigent and fascinating . Paul Banks continues his renaissance as a man who might just be ready to concede that life does have some fun to offer after all. "Today my heart swings " he cries on "The Heinrich Maneuver" or on "No I In Threesome" he muses on "Giving something new a try". "Mammoth" is well named -a monumental assault of pounding percussion and massively spiteful guitars. "Pace Is The Trick" even utilises multi-tracked vocals and guitars that ring like prime Chameleons .
As is usual with Interpol the album closes in somewhat downbeat fashion with the reverberating arrangement of "Wrecking Ball" , a ballad that treads deliciously between epic , tender and sonically fascinating. "Lighthouse" the final track opens with banks of tremulous guitar notes resonating like gigantic icicles in some prehistoric cavern before descending slabs of percussion and hefty keyboard notes usher the song out over wailing opaque vocal backing . For a band used to delineated structural form this song is quite an adventurous step into intriguing new areas.
Our Love To Admire is a difficult album to come to terms with , or at least it was for me and those used to the more dynamic , linear styling's of their previous two albums may not like it all. I didn't at first but this is actually a bolder, more complex, confident and polished album than either Antics or Turn On The Bright Lights. A bit of a triumph in fact .I not only admire it I love it as well .
on 11 July 2007
I'm not used to writing reviews, nor are these lines intended as such, but every once in a while I come across CDs which warrant my most sincere devotion, and "Our Love to Admire" is one of them. I will go straight to the point: the sole reason why you should buy this album right away is simply because it is absolutely magnificent! The bass sound, so clearly present in the previous albums (where it set a "gloomy" ambiance for most songs, very characteristic of Interpol's previous work), has been toned down. Guitars, on the other hand, have distinctively taken over almost every song. Therefore, "Our love..." sounds a little different (just a little brighter) but it still sounds very much like Interpol. Apart from the enticing "Heinrich Maneuver", the other songs may not as "immediate" to the first-time listener (especially if you compare them to those in "Antics"), but they'll grow on you pretty fast, believe me. Personally speaking, it took me a few hours to get over the album's first track (the beautiful "Pioneer To The Falls"), and although I've heard it a "million" times, it still makes my skin crawl (I guess it always will)...and I can't help smirking every time I hear "Rest my Chemistry", my favourite song on this album. In my very humble opinion this is not only Interpol's best record, but definitely the best I've heard in 2007, and one of the best released in a long time. Am I exaggerating? Well...you may think so ...but you know what?..."Our Love to Admire" has grown on me to the point of addiction.