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Old 09-08-2010, 11:46 AM   #201
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At least it's a lot more interesting than OLTA even though some songs just don't quite get there.
That's still up for debate for some of us I think. I greatly prefer the theme and sound of this album more, and find it far easier to listen to from start to finish, but I still think Love To Admire has far more standout memorable tracks.

Regardless of all the negative comments and press, if you're an Interpol fan, you'll probably still enjoy this. It's not terrible by any means, it's just not nearly as good as most were hoping.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:55 AM   #202
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That's what I meant by the "some songs don't quite get there".
I think OLTA has better songs overal but Interpol is just more interesting sonically, not as direct.
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I'm thinking that "Lights" might be the best song that I've heard from them.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:05 PM   #204
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I'm thinking that "Lights" might be the best song that I've heard from them.
You know what? I was listening to the album on the way home from work today and was thinking that Lights is up there with some of their better songs. Maybe not their best, but it's still a solid tune
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our paper says this is "Interpol's least accessible album, but their most intriguing."

wat do u fink of dat
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:57 PM   #206
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What's Carlos D up to these days? Apparently he had "his foot out the door" as far back as 2007.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:59 PM   #207
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They are playing Jimmy Kimmel tonight...

The new album is growing on me, but its still my least favorite Interpol album at this point...I really liked Our Love To Admire
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:13 PM   #208
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Haven't heard the album in full yet (buying the CD today), but Interpol aren't really an accessible band by any measure.

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.

Sucks, I love my Interpol. Meanwhile, the squeaky and unpleasant croak of the poor-man's Eddie Vedder from Kings Of Leon, gets adoration from these same people I try to convert.
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yeah, that is pretty fucked up. that followill bloke has a shocking voice, but Interpol's singer on some tracks ain't great either.

Narc has always been my favourite of theirs.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:52 AM   #210
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Picked up the 2 disc 45rpm version. I like the album. I have to pick up another copy though because I dropped one of the discs on my turntable arm and scratched it. Oh the highs and lows of vinyl.
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Popmatters gave the album a 5/10 today.
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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, 12:03 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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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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Old 09-09-2010, 11:29 PM   #217
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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.
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:49 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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