El Pintor [Explicit]

September 9, 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Label: Matador
  • Copyright: 2014 Matador Records Limited
  • Total Length: 39:51
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00KOY9GNO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,312 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By H. Jin on September 9, 2014
Format: Audio CD
[4.5 stars]

Third and fourth Interpol albums? What third and fourth Interpol albums?

The consciously experimental direction Interpol have pursued on ‘Our Love To Admire’ and their self-titled fourth album has basically been abandoned on ‘El Pintor’. Gone are the layers of strings, brass and keyboards, gone is the thick fill-every-space production, gone are the unconventional chorus-less song structures. Back into the mix are short, poppy songs, catchy choruses, interlocking guitar interplay, and strong driving rhythms. On this level, ‘El Pintor’ is easily their most immediate and accessible album since ‘Antics’, and could be seen by many as ‘Antics Part 2’. But it’s not quite that simple. The band still try some new things and flesh out their songs with sonic detail, they are just more subtle about it. Keyboards, backing vocals, and production effects function as adornments to the songs, rather than overwhelming and domainating them. In some ways, this is Interpol’s version of U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ or REM’s ‘Collapse Into Now’: a deliberate retreat into their Classic Sound, but with enough tweaks and touches to keep it from feeling like a total rehash.

Mostly, this is good news. Fans of the band’s first two albums will find plenty to love on ‘El Pintor’. The album opens with a fantastic one-two-three pop punch. ‘All The Rage Back Home’ begins with a ‘Next Exit’ drone before kicking into a driving rocker, ‘My Desire’ takes the spiralling riff from ‘Safe Without’ and turns it outwards into a catchy hook, while ‘Anywhere’ is the sort of upbeat pop-rock Interpol have done before with ‘Hienrich’ and ‘Barricade’. From here, the album takes a few interesting twists and turns.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Osman Malik on September 15, 2014
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The new INTERPOL is excellent! El Pintor might be the strongest Interpol album yet, since” Turn on the Bright Lights”. The songs have a presence with an intricate rhythm section, warm melodies, and a deep atmospheric backdrop. The album kicks off with high energy “All The Rage Back Home”, which is reminiscent of the Interpol rockers “Slow Hands” and “Obstacle 1”, which sets the tone for this beautifully crafted fusion of rhythm and post rock. “Same Town, New Story,” builds up to a great wall of sound and Banks’ vocals are particularly strong. Key tracks are "All the Rage Back Home," "Same Town, New Story," "My Blue Supreme," "Ancient Ways."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Boulevard on September 13, 2014
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As soon as the opening notes of "All the Rage Back Home" kick in, there's something strangely comforting about Interpol's post-punk sensibilities and frontman Paul Banks' melancholy yet energetic voice. After a four year absence El Pintor is akin to visiting an old friend: it's a warm and driving experience that does exactly what you expect it to do.

Interpol has had the unfortunate case that many successful bands have after delivering a stunning debut, and that's living in the shadow of early success. Each album has been them grow and expand while never straying too far from the original template that made them critical darlings. I've enjoyed each record but have to admit that their 2010 self-titled effort was a plodding and depressing affair that showed some brilliant moments lost in a wave of uncertainty and turmoil. With this record the band sounds rejuvenated, with tracks like "Anywhere" and "My Desire" being among the band's best work in quite some time. "Everything Is Wrong" takes the group's moody dynamics and gives them room to breathe, hitting you with just the right amount of force and infectious groove. "Breaker 1" wouldn't sound out of place on Turn on the Bright Lights or Antics. This is definitely an album that draws on their earlier work, which is sure to delight fans who have been longing for something more straightforward and aggressive. It draws on all the band's previous work but there's definitely a rougher and spontaneous sound this time around.

El Pintor is a triumph for Interpol and a record that flows steadily from start to finish. There's nothing groundbreaking here; if you're familiar with Interpol then you have a good idea of what to expect. They're a band that's not likely to surprise us with anything too radical but in the end that doesn't matter. When the music's this good you just want it to continue and hopefully they will for many, many years.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Barriteau on September 9, 2014
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Music critics tend to beat up on Interpol and I suspect [El Pintor] will not reverse that trend. This is very much an Interpol fans album. I can hear the same harmonic consonance present in their [Interpol] album; and as a previous reviewer mentioned, “Sound and essence are similar to that of [Antics].” And therein lies the rub. Every track is accessible and familiar. Every one! It’s like dating an ex who has not changed or grown up. Nice at first, but very quickly you begin to realize why you did not last.

Essentially, [El Pintor] is an Interpol album. I’m enjoying the familiar “newness” of it. But I pretty much know I will be moving on in a month or so. It’s not [El Pintor], it’s me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ANDREW H. on September 19, 2014
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THIS IS A CLASSIC/TYPICAL 'INTERPOL' CD AND A VERY "SOLID". THERE ARE NO SONGS I DISLIKE, EVEN ON THE FIRST LISTEN. I HAVE ALL THEIR CD'S, AND I WOULD SAY IT IS SIMILAR TO BOTH OR MAYBE THE BEST OF BOTH OF ANTICS AND THEIR RECENT SELF TITLED CD, . -- PEOPLE BITCHING ABOUT THIS BEING A CARBON COPY OF 'ANTICS' ARE JUST PLAIN WRONG OR NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM BACK TO BACK A FEW TIMES. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE INTERPOL (THANK GOD) AND IF THEY JUST GIVE US MORE OF THE SAME THAN I WILL TAKE IT. THOSE SAME PEOPLE BITCHING ABOUT THEM NOT GROWING OR EVOLVING ARE THE SAME ONES WHO DON'T LIKE 'ADMIRE'. IN-WHICH THEY ARE CRUCIFIED FOR GOING TOO FAR OR SOFT IN THEIR CREATIVITY. NOW ON 'ADMIRE' I ONLY LISTEN TO 6 SONGS, BUT THE 6 SONGS I LIKE, I REALLY LOVE AND ARE SOME OF THERE BEST WORK. 'INTERPOL' IS MORE THAN PUNK, OR A WALL OF NOISE, OR A CERTAIN % OF TRACKS AT A PARTICULAR SPEED/TEMPO. THERE IS NOTHING ON HERE THAT SHOULD DISAPPOINT AN 'INTERPOL' FAN. ZERO DUD'S. I WILL BUY THEIR NEXT CD WITHOUT HESITATION AS THEY HAVE YET TO DISAPPOINT ME AND I LOVE 100% OF THIS CD AGAIN INSTEAD OF 75% OF THEIR LAST 2. NOT 'ANTICS PART 2", JUST ANOTHER SOLID CD TO ADD TO THEIR BACK CATALOG, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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