Interpol (album)

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Interpol
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Studio album by Interpol
Released September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)
Recorded 2009–10
Studio
Genre
Length 45:53
Label
Producer Interpol
Interpol chronology
Interpol: Live in Astoria EP
(2007)Interpol: Live in Astoria EP2007
Interpol
(2010)
Try It On
(2011)Try It On2011
Singles from Interpol
  1. "Barricade"
    Released: August 3, 2010
  2. "Summer Well"
    Released: December 6, 2010 (promotional)
  3. "Lights"
    Released: February 8, 2011
  4. "Try It On"
    Released: April 16, 2011 (promotional)

Interpol is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Interpol, released on September 7, 2010 on Matador Records. The self-produced album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. "Lights" was released as a free download through the band's website, originally in May 2010 with an accompanying video released in June 2010 by Charlie White. Bassist Carlos Dengler left shortly after the album's completion.

The lead single "Barricade" was released on August 3, 2010, followed by "Summer Well" on December 6; "Lights" on February 8, 2011;[1] and "Try It On" on April 16, 2011.

Background[edit]

Recording started at Electric Lady Studios in early spring of 2009. The band announced that they were writing new songs in March of that year.

Interpol was produced by the band, engineered by Greg Calbi and Claudius Mittendorfer, and mixed by Alan Moulder. Rapper Azealia Banks guested on backing vocals on "Memory Serves".[2]


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[6]
Pitchfork (4.6/10)[7]
PopMatters (5/10)[8]
Prefix Magazine (mixed)[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin (5/10)[11]

Interpol received a weighted score of 66 out of 100 from review aggregate website Metacritic, indicating "generally favourable reviews", based on 22 reviews from music critics[12] AnyDecentMusic? shows a rating of 6.3 based on 33 reviews.[13] Victoria Segal of Q awarded the album 4 out of 5 stars, stating that "Paul Banks's vocals [are] as attention-grabbing as a hand on the back of the neck while subtle textures rub up against the drama of the guitars", and concluded by saying that "for a band who specialise in the dark, their touch is thankfully light".[14] Chris Coplan from Consequence of Sound gave the album 4 stars out of 5, praising the "rich narrative" and "brilliant pacing found throughout the record", and describing it as "a story that builds from an emotionally-resilient semi-joyousness in the beginning [...] to creepy, morose, and sinister by the end".[15]

Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly felt that on Interpol, "the riffs [...] are grander, the rhythms more limber, and the melodies more memorably moody than they've been in years", and stated that "lapsed fans may be surprised to find themselves reminded of why they loved this band in the first place".[5] Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone called it "a surprisingly solid comeback" and praised Daniel Kessler's guitar as "the essence of arty post-punk romance".[10] In an early track-by-track review of the album, Paul Stokes of NME wrote that the band is "as atmospheric and dark as they were on their debut, and yet more intricate, and - as the trumpets prove - orchestral".[16] Later, Mark Robinson of the same magazine gave the album 6 out of 10, saying that "Interpol seems cinematic, abstract and complex, but that adds up to something interesting rather than thrilling".[17]

Mikael Wood of The Village Voice gave it a favorable review, and said that Interpol "manage[s] the seemingly unmanageable task of finding new wrinkles in a tightly defined sound, one that's been theirs for nearly a decade".[18] Justin Jacobs of Paste gave the album a score of 7.3 out of 10 and stated, "Though the record meanders into aimless moping in its final third, most of the 10 tracks are bold, heavy and among Interpol's best".[19] Jim Scott of Under the Radar gave it 7 stars out of 10, and said that the album "restores some of the shine, but the music still feels softer somehow, the cuts not as precise".[20] Ian Wade of BBC Music also gave it a positive review, stating: "There's still the chance that this album will finally push [Interpol] into the stratosphere -- you wish Interpol were globally huge, you really do -- although it's likely that their future won't be written until after Dengler's tour-replacements have helped broaden the band's palette more".[21]

Other reviews were average or mixed: Yahoo! Music UK gave the album 6 stars out of 10 and stated, "Instead of ending tensely and dramatically [Interpol] are the final whimper and sigh of an album named after a band that have lost their way and aren't sure which direction they should be heading".[22] Alternative Press also gave the album 3 stars out of 5, and said, "Even if Banks sticks to the 'I've got two secrets but I only told you one' songwriting approach, hopefully a band shakeup will spark the soulfulness only occasionally heard in his contributions".[22] Will Dean of The Guardian also gave it 3 stars out of 5, and said, "It could be that [Interpol are] distracted -- they've been together 10 years, and have numerous solo projects; is there more to for them to do with Interpol?"[23]

Paul Schrodt of Slant Magazine gave the album 2.5 stars out of 5, and said that it "may not be quite self-parody, but it's also not the sort of thing that's going to make [the band] hip again anytime soon. Not that they would even care".[24]

Prefix Magazine critic Daba said, "Where they used to sound like the crackling of a subway car rounding a bend or the seediest alleys of New York in the pre-dawn hours, here they sound like alt-rock renderings of what moody post-punk is supposed to sound like".[25]

Benjamin Boles from Now gave the album 3 stars out of 5, saying that the band does not sound "exactly eclectic in mood, sound or even tempo" and noticing that "the best moments come when they shy away from their trademark wall-of-reverb blueprint". He concluded that "it's a better album than their last, and diehard fans should be satisfied, but it's not going to get the rest [...] very excited".[26] Josh Modell of Spin gave the album a score of 5 out of 10 and found it "more dull than hypnotic". He felt that "it tries to assemble skyscrapers, but ends up muddling around without a strong foundation" and noticed that Interpol sounds "both strangely distant and overly familiar, like a band struggling to remember who they are".[11] Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune described it as "bits and pieces of promising music without strong foundations", and stated that although "the band sounds terrific", the album does not offer "more than one or two truly memorable songs".[27]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Interpol.

No. Title Length
1. "Success" 3:28
2. "Memory Serves" 5:03
3. "Summer Well" 4:05
4. "Lights" 5:38
5. "Barricade" 4:11
6. "Always Malaise (The Man I Am)" 4:15
7. "Safe Without" 4:41
8. "Try It On" 3:42
9. "All of the Ways" 5:18
10. "The Undoing" 5:11
Total length: 45:53
No. Title Length
11. "Crimewaves" 3:26
Japanese edition bonus tracks[28]
No. Title Length
11. "Gavilan" (former "Cubed/Mascara") 6:49

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[29] 7
German Albums Chart[30] 13
German LP-Downloads Chart[31] 5
Italian Albums Chart[32] 8
Swedish Albums Chart[33] 34
UK Albums Chart[34] 10
US Billboard 200[35] 7
Mexican Album Chart[36] 18

To date, the album has sold approximately 400,000 copies worldwide.

References[edit]

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