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Old 09-09-2010, 12:09 PM   #211
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YouTube - Interpol - "Barricade" 9/8 Kimmel (TheAudioPerv.com)

YouTube - Interpol Performs "Summer Well"


Popmatters gave the album a 5/10 today.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:25 PM   #212
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From my experience of pestering mates to get into them (best band of the Noughties for mine), it is Banks vocal turns a lot of people off immediately, even on their most accessible songs, Evil, Slow Hands and Heinrich. The response is usually, "I can't listen to that, the guy can't sing", even though I find his voice to be most beautiful.
That's one of the things that disappoints me with the new album (and even some of the last album). Banks just doesnt sing the same way anymore. His new style is in a slightly higher register with a weird dual track effect going on. I much prefer is old, monotone singing. It lent itself to the music much more.



And thanks for posting those videos, mofo. I'm terrible at remembering to watch TV shows and sure enough, forgot to watch this even after seeing a reminder at 10pm
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Yeah, you saved me having to describe it, Jive. These days, Banks sounds like he actually wants to be heard. He projects and shit. That transition worked OK for Michael Stipe because he has a pleasant voice. Banks, on the other hand, is more of a presence than a skilled vocalist, so the music loses a chunk of its mystique with him working against his own instincts (and common sense) to be a...charismatic post-punk frontman. I'm more positive than ever that that there is no such thing.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:03 PM   #214
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I just didn't want to stay up that late to watch it, ha. I'm posting them so I remember to watch them after work.

I agree about the vocals. I also think his lyrics have gone down the toilet since Antics for the most part.
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Strangely, I got into Love to Admire really quickly, though everyone was saying that Interpol's music is very difficult to access. I still love the album and I'm curious about seeing them perform live in Rome when they'll open for U2. BUT I have to admit I find their new album rather boring. It doesn't do much for me. There's nothing that really stands out. I just don't feel the music here and the singing also gets annoying with time.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:43 PM   #216
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I forgot that I should buy this album! I should do that tonight, especially since I just bought a ticket to their last-minute show in Brooklyn tomorrow night.
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Well, listened to it about 3 times...

Safe Without and Memory Serves are doing nothing for me, and I am not as yet awestruck (as I usually am by Interpol) by songs that are nevertheless enjoyable such as Success, All Of The Ways, Try It On and Always Malaise.

The Undoing is an early highlight, and Summer Well is all of the brilliance of the live clip I've been devouring and more. The lyrics resonate with me so profoundly, which may be clouding the objectivity of my assessment of the song.

I have faith that this will be a grower.

I kinda agree with the sentiment in regards to Banksy's vocal, and I do in some ways yearn for the stammer of PDA or murmur of Leif Erikson, but I still extract enjoyment out of listening to his new vocals.

There is actually a very glowing review of the album going around, can't remember who it was, but it wasn't a major publication. Will try and find it
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There is actually a very glowing review of the album going around, can't remember who it was, but it wasn't a major publication. Will try and find it
That's not a good sign when there is literally only one glowing review for an album, and you have to do a lot of work to find said review.
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I just didn't want to stay up that late to watch it, ha. I'm posting them so I remember to watch them after work.
and I thought you were just a kind human being
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:49 PM   #220
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Though I usually hate a Pitchfork write up and think the score is more than a little harsh, this line pretty much sums up the feeling of the record
"The whole thing sounds like the eighth day of an endless party where everyone's already slept together, burned themselves out on drugs that used to be fun..."
I still enjoy the album, but it definitely feels a little worn out
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It seems like I'm the only one who really likes this album.
Everywhere the reactions are pretty negative and that's an understatement.
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I do like it. There are songs on it that I really like, but as a whole, it just seems a little flat.
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I do like it. There are songs on it that I really like, but as a whole, it just seems a little flat.
Agreed. Despite my negativity, I like it as well. I'm probably a bit overly critical with Interpol, as I love the bands first two albums so much. That said, a "bad" album from Interpol is still better than a "good" album from a large number of other bands.
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I finally listened the other day, and I got the same feeling. I enjoyed a couple of songs, but overall it doesn't really seem to go anywhere. It's just...there.
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Album is a grower, but I'm inclined to enjoy anything Interpol release, because they just really click with me, but Safe Without is just a downright song.

The Undoing is all sorts of awesome.
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