El Pintor

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El Pintor
Interpol - El Pintor cover art.jpg
Studio album by Interpol
Released September 8, 2014 (2014-09-08)
Recorded 2014
Studio Electric Lady Studios (Manhattan, NY) and Atomic Sound (Brooklyn, NY)
Genre
Length 39:50
Label
Producer Interpol
Interpol chronology
Try It On
(2011)
El Pintor
(2014)
Marauder
(2018)
Singles from El Pintor
  1. "All the Rage Back Home"
    Released: August 12, 2014
  2. "Ancient Ways"
    Released: August 19, 2014
  3. "Everything Is Wrong"
    Released: April 18, 2015

El Pintor is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Interpol. It was released by Matador Records on September 8, 2014 internationally and on September 9, 2014 in North America. Self-produced by the band and recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City, the album was engineered by James Brown (known for his work for Foo Fighters) and mixed by Alan Moulder (known for his production and mixing work for My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, the Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails).[1][2]

The album title, which means "the painter" in Spanish, is an anagram of Interpol.[3] It is the band's first album without bassist Carlos Dengler, who departed Interpol after the release of the band's eponymous album in 2010.[4] The bass duties on the album were taken over by frontman Paul Banks. The album features guest appearances by Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines), Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Jellyfish) and Rob Moose (Bon Iver).[3]

The band embarked on a summer tour preceding the album's release.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubA-[8]
Clash7/10[9]
Consequence of SoundB[10]
Drowned in Sound9/10[11]
musicOMH4.5/5 stars[12]
NME8/10[13]
Pitchfork5.9/10[14]
The Skinny8/10[15]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[16]
Uncut7/10[6]

Reviews of El Pintor have been highly positive overall. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 77, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 34 (26 positive and eight mixed) reviews.[6] Clash magazine critic Will Salmon wrote: "...as an exercise in getting back to where you once belonged, El Pintor is highly successful".[9] Dom Gourlay of Drowned in Sound thought that the album "feels more structured than Interpol" and stated, "Bold in intention and quiet in confidence, they've gone back to basics here and for the most part, the results are sublime". Gourlay also described the album as the band's "finest record in a decade".[11] Writing for NME, Rhian Daly stated that the band proved that "there's still plenty of value in their elegantly downtrodden aesthetic."[13] The Skinny critic Gary Kaill wrote: "Expansive and texturally advanced, and arguably their strongest outing since that lauded debut, this is a welcome second coming".[15] Uncut magazine also stated: "It's back go [sic] icy, slightly gothic basics".[6] Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork gave a more mixed review of the album, stating: "There’s nothing here that touches the band’s creative peak, but any of El Pintor's songs could hang with Interpol's strongest deep cuts".[14]

El Pintor made its way onto multiple music magazine best of the year lists, most prominently, Drowned in Sound (No. 13), Q (No. 12) and NME (No. 49). It was voted the second best album of 2014 by the popular German music website Laut.de.[17]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank
Q "Top 50 Albums of 2014" #12[18]
Drowned in Sound "50 Favourite Albums of 2014" #13[19]
NME "Top 50 Albums of 2014" #49[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Interpol (Paul Banks, Sam Fogarino, and Daniel Kessler).

No.TitleLength
1."All the Rage Back Home"4:22
2."My Desire"5:00
3."Anywhere"3:12
4."Same Town, New Story"4:09
5."My Blue Supreme"3:09
6."Everything Is Wrong"3:32
7."Breaker 1"4:13
8."Ancient Ways"3:00
9."Tidal Wave"4:17
10."Twice as Hard"4:56
iTunes pre-order
No.TitleLength
11."The Depths"4:08
Target deluxe edition
No.TitleLength
11."Malfeasance"4:36
12."Slow Hands (Live)" (live at the Brixton Academy)3:18

Personnel[edit]

Interpol
Guest musicians[3]
  • Brandon Curtis – keyboards (1–8, 10, all bonus tracks)
  • Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. – keyboards (9)
  • Rob Moose – violin (10); viola (10)
  • Brad Truax – bass guitar on "Slow Hands (Live)" on the Target deluxe edition
Other personnel
  • James Brown – engineering, recording
  • Alan Moulder – mixing
  • Greg Calbi – mastering[4]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
International[44] September 8, 2014 Soft Limit
United States[2] September 9, 2014 Matador

References[edit]

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