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Identity’s a tricky thing in the annals of rock music. Whether David Bowie’s chameleonic mindfucks in the ‘70s, Dylan going electric, or Lou Reed’s perpetual metamorphoses, rock thrives on persistent flux in self-presentation.
Where does Paul Banks fit into this equation? As Interpol’s frontman, he’s largely been a cipher. While certainly not ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Banks Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B008U2J308
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Base
2. Over My Shoulder
3. Arise, Awake
4. Young Again
5. Lisbon
6. I'll Sue You
7. Paid For That
8. Another Chance
9. No Mistakes
10. Summertime Is Coming

Editorial Reviews

Paul Banks, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Interpol, steps fully out from behind his Julian Plenti alter-ego on his second solo album. Following 2012's limited edition (and now sold out) EP, the 2012 album is a tour-de-force of mechanized, minor-key intensity. Recorded in New York and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Shearwater, Jónsi among others), Banks is by turns bleak, sad and exhilarating. Featuring some of Banks's most complex song structures yet.

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Great sound and melody.
C. Arritola
I've listened to "Banks" over 25 times since release and I have to say I keep hearing new things and surprises with each listen.
GogolGirl
Thank goodness for some good music!
Paul T Thomas

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Fajardo on October 22, 2012
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I've been waiting for this album to come out since late June. Before I dig into this album I want to say that newcomers should check out Paul's first solo album, Julian Plenti is Skyscraper.

Anyways back to Banks. I woke up this morning and downloaded the MP3 album and quickly put that shit on my iPod right before I had to leave to school. I've been listening on repeat through out the whole day (please use headphones to hear everything, i.e cab driver talking in "Arise,Awake"). After finishing the first play through I was strangely optimistic. This is because I think people will finally see Paul as a stand-alone great musician, not just as that guy from Interpol. He fuses hip-hop influences and alternative rock flawlessly. My favorite song as of now is "Another Chance".

That being said I think the weakest song on Banks was "Lisbon". Not because it was bad, but because it was just an instrumental and the rest of the songs have impressive lyrics. I mean even "Another Chance" has someguy in the background saying something and that works quite well. Just felt like an opportunity was missed with "Lisbon".

So that concludes the review. Thanks for reading and buy the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed McEachen on December 6, 2012
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I love the new Paul Banks LP. In fact, I believe it to be better than the last Interpol record. Catchy tunes ... Banks distinctive voice. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this sounds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mallory on November 8, 2012
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Interpol has been my favorite band for years, so of course I follow anything that Paul Banks puts out. This album is very produced and detailed and takes a similar pace as his Julian Plenti release from a few years ago. I don't know if it's attention grabbing enough to consistently listen to from beginning to end, but that might be because some of the songs- The Base, Over My Shoulder and I Paid For That in particular- are worth skipping back and repeating over and over. I heard an interview with Banks recently and he definitely takes his music seriously. I think this can certainly weigh it down a bit, but I do enjoy the songs and I'm very looking forward to going to see his solo show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Newman on April 26, 2013
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I am at the point where, as an enormous Interpol fan, I'm ok with the idea that there may not be another Interpol album. The reason? Paul Banks has shown that his solo outings have as much strength, if not more so, than Interpol albums. Banks is simply beautiful. Dark, indifferent and brilliant, Paul experiments with new sounds typical of a solo outing, but there is a lot of Interpol in this CD, albeit with maybe a poppier feel like his initial Julian Plenti release. I've had the album on "repeat" and simply can't get enough. How he isn't more widely appreciated, I will never know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Arritola on December 31, 2012
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This is a wonderful find. Great sound and melody. You'll find yourself bobbing to the beat of this sound and tranquility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GogolGirl on November 17, 2012
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I've listened to "Banks" over 25 times since release and I have to say I keep hearing new things and surprises with each listen. Upon first listen I was immediately drawn to Young Again and Summertime is Coming. Both really tug at your heartstrings while somehow being melancholy and hopeful at the same time. The video for Young Again is also excellent. I'm also really loving No Mistakes ("You must be supremely unleashed"). A huge improvement from Banks' "Skyscraper" album (2009). Looking forward to seeing how these songs are perfomed live in upcoming tour.
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By Charly1970 on January 17, 2014
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I ll sue you, is an epic track, one of the best, if not the best of the cd. The other ones are very good .
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What can I say? I love this album because it ROCKs. There's so much going on that I had to put headphones on to try to hear it all and I haven't done that in a long time. It is very well done and melodic throughout; every note is carefully placed. I also appreciate that the drum cymbols and high-hat don't drown out the other intruments while keeping the beat strong. It's alternative rock with quartet as back-up and each instrument is used in an alternative fashion; I'm not able to nail it down with words so please listen to it for yourself. Bass cello, Cello, violin, viola along with an electric guitar, bass & drums and, of course, the golden pipes of Paul Banks. If you don't think this album ROCKs, put headphones on and turn it up (>= 110dB of course).

General notes: the many minor & flat notes tingled my spine and gave me goose-bumps more than once. A slightly more mello brother to this album is Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper with Paul Banks, check it out.
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