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The much-anticipated second album from Interpol. A more optimistic take on the dark musical landscapes they've explored in the past -- no less brooding and intense, but charged with flashes of color and romance. The minimalist package includes a white slipcase over a black jewelcase.

Interpol are often accused of paying more attention to their haircuts than music. But good grooming habits don't always equate hollow souls. The New York band's sophomore album revisits the dark themes of its classic debut, Turn On The Bright Lights, drawing further inspiration from the likes of Joy Division and early Duran Duran. The band sounds more energetic in places ("C'Mere") and infinitely more depressed in others ("Next Exit"). The best songs, however, such as "Evil" and "Slow Hands," not only strike just the right balance but sound totally emotional, mournful, debauched, and ultimately, inevitably life-affirming. --Aidin Vaziri
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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Matador Records
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002PD3HU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Derek Clayton on December 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
maybe it's because I'm british, but i don't quite understand why the reviewers on here seem intent on a) Citing Interpol as derivative and b) Giving them 1 star. Pompous, self absorbed dross like (insert throaty American grunge-lite here)deserves 1 star. Many reviews compare this band to joy Division, a similarity that I really don't see - Joy Division specialise in taut post-punk whereas Interpol weave a disparate, widescreen gloom - and the difference between the lyrical content is huge.

yes, 'antics' represents a slight dip in the songwriting quality of this band, but only in comparison to their near-perfect debut, 'turn on the bright lights'. that album's murky sense of despair is never quite recreated here- much to my bemusement- but is replaced by oppressive, elliptical song structures and crisp production that places vocals prominently in the mix and tones down the reverb on the guitars a little. The drumming has definitely improved- see 'Slow Hands' ; 'Public Pervert'- and Paul Banks' voice sounds at home in it's new environment, soaring majestically on 'Evil' and 'Take you on a cruise'.

True, this album sounds more like a collection of singles rather than a cohesive body of work... but that is impressive in itself, as you would be hard pushed to name single material on their previous effort. this shows that interpol have moved forward as a band, daring their fans to move with them. it's likely they would have been mauled further had they kept the formula (see 'Room on Fire' by The Strokes), but I get the feeling that interpol aren't really interested in criticism anyway: they're interested in finding new and inventive things to do with a singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer. and you will find, eventually, that their dense, unpredictable songs come pretty close to achieving this - and do so by borrowing less from the past than any other band right now.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's been exactly a year since Interpol's second album "Antics" (10 track; 41 min.) was released. I like the album now even more than when it first came out, and it easily remains one of 2004's best albums, period.

A "limited edition" of Antics has just been released, with a bonus disc of material. The bonus CD (5 tracks, 29 min.) contains one 'new' song, "Song Seven", which Interpol has been playing on and off for years (I already had it on a 2002 release called "B Sides + Rarities", excellent if you can find it). In the other tracks, each of the band's members remixes a song: Paul remixes "NARC", which now is just an accoustic guitar and Paul's vocals; Daniel remixes "Not Even Jail", with good effect; Sam remixes "Length of Love" into a house/techno-like stomper (not my favorite). Not surprisingly, the remix of "Public Pervert" by Carlos D (who frequently DJ's at Interpol's after-show parties) is the best of the bunch, a creative retake on the original without abandoning the original structure altogether. On top of that, the bonus disc contains the videos for all 3 of the singles from "Antics".

If you don't have "Antics" yet, there is no more excuse! BUY IT! If you do own the original release, whether you want to trade it in for this depends on how much you like Interpol. I was quite happy to "trade up" and get the bonus disc.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Yutzler on August 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, the main album is very good. While it isn't as as good as their debut, it is a solid 4* album. I'm sure other reviews can do it justice.

I found myself disappointed with the bonus CD. Song Seven is a decent enough bonus track, but is nothing special. Narc is soft, quiet, and acoustic, which to me does not really fit the song very well. The Not Even Jail remix is horrible. The sounds laid on top really distract from things and make it really difficult to listen to. Length of Love is a bit boring as a techno song. Public Pervert is the best of the remixes, but stretching the song out to eight minutes is excessive. The bottom line is that these remixes do not fit the songs well. They don't play to Interpol's strengths at all, and really don't add much of anything. I don't anticipate listening to them much at all and give the CD 2*.

Even though I had the original version, I figured that at the discounted price, the special edition CD would be a worthwhile purchase. Nope. Big fans will want the stuff, but if that doesn't describe you, I'd pass.
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Whether you love or hate Interpol's second album "Antics" depends on how you felt about "Turn On The Bright Lights." If you liked their debut, chances are you'll like this one too. With their polished sound, Interpol rose to prominance above most of their New York rawk cousins (except the Strokes), and "Antics" gets to expand their sound further.

Too often Interpol is fingered as a mere Joy Division imitator -- especially since the music is good, but hardly genius-level. Maybe it's those accusations that gives "Antics" a slightly wounded, tired feel. The songs aren't quite as much of a jolt as songs like "NYC," but the heavier, darker feel is just as powerful... if not more so.

"Next Exit" is a bit of a jolt, with its slow organ and solid percussion. There's a gritty Pixies feel to "Evil," with its smashing bassline, the funky pop of "Length of Love," and a sort of vague nautical theme to songs like "Take you on a Cruise," with its cries of "[Insert color here] temptress of the sea, you treat me right."

Musically it's bouncier and more upbeat at times. There are solid melodies, angular guitars, and a sound that is far more expansive than what they've done before. Previously it sounded like Interpol was reining in their music a little. But with the pressure of a new album, they seem to have let rip with their expressive, complex melodies.

Paul Banks sounds resigned to the emotions churned up in "Antics." But he really sounds good, especially when he's anguished. And it's a good thing that he does such a stellar job, because the lyrics can border on cringeworthy. "Complex salacious removal"? "The pole dance of the stars"? It's either brilliant, or terrible -- either way, only a good band could have lines that that, and still have fans.

While the lyrics are kind of iffy, the music and "vibe" of "Antics" is a sign that Interpol might be on a lot of "Best of 2004" lists by the end of the year. Solid, moody and very listenable.
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Interpol sounds like...?
Spot on. Actually the interplay between the 2 guitars they do so frequently is very much like the Chameleons. If i had to pick one band they most resemble I would undoubtedly pick the Chameleons. Good call. I fell in love with TOTBL then I found out about the Chameleons by association. Totally... Read More
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