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Interpol will release their first album in four years, 'El Pintor,' September 9th on Matador. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City, the ten tracks on ‘El Pintor,’ - taut and epic in equal measure - find the band completely reinvigorated after a two and a half year break from touring. All songs on ‘El Pintor’ were written and ... Read more in Amazon's Interpol Store

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  • Audio CD (September 7, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B003UDBSW8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Success
2. Memory Serves
3. Summer Well
4. Lights
5. Barricade
6. Always Malaise (The Man I Am)
7. Safe Without
8. Try It On
9. All Of The Ways
10. The Undoing

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The long-awaited fourth album from New York s INTERPOL finds them exploring dark musical landscapes of layered depth and intensity. In contrast to 2007 s Our Love To Admire, this self-titled opus hangs together as an album, a set of very different songs that thematically connect. From the highly melodic Barricade and Lights through the snarling Memory Serves and the extraordinary triptych of connected tracks that close the album, Interpol have never made work this emotionally resonant or packed with crescendos.



Mixer Alan Moulder has brought the rhythm section back to the fore, anchoring a thicket of orchestral sound that brings to mind touchstones from black metal to 70s art rock, but always remains identifiably Interpol. Hypnotic, bizarre, always indelible, Interpol is the band s magnum opus.

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In fact many of these songs sound like rejects from the "Julian Plenti" album, sans one or two tracks.
Hamster Army
Whatever made Interpol such a unique-sounding band was gone, and while "Our Love to Admire" has grown on me, it does not and cannot compare to the band's prior work.
Kirk A. Gauthier
I've listened to it four times now and can't find one single song I like or am eager to listen to again.
Matthew Cash

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Jin on October 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm pretty cynical about music fans who protest that their favourite band's album is a Grower that needs ten or so listens to fully "get". For me, "grower" often means "this album's bad but the fans won't admit it". And after listening to this album a couple of times and just not getting into it, I felt my fellow Interpol fans were in denial again. I actually had my two star "They've Blown It" review ready to go. But I didn't want to give up on Interpol, and it did take a while for me to get OLTA, so I decided to give it a few more spins. And then something just clicked. I'd catch myself humming and singing songs I'd dismissed as boring or generic, and I suddenly got where those experimental tracks were coming from. Believe the fans, 'Interpol' is a true grower; easy to dismiss as mediocre or unfocussed on first listen, but it will reward you if you put the work in.

First things first: what's the album sound like? We heard comments that it would be a return to the sound of 'Bright Lights', and others that it would be full of orchestral epics even more ambitious than 'Our Love'. The answer is that it's a bit of both, and this is where the "grower" part comes in. 'Interpol' is as dark and difficult as their debut, but it's dressed up in the same heavy production and instrumentation that characterised OLTA. So whereas 'Bright Lights' was raw and intimate, 'Interpol' requires a fair effort to dig out those riffs, melodies, and hooks. Don't be fooled by 'Barricade' into thinking this is full of radio-friendly pop gems, there's very little here that is instantly accessible or an easy listen.

'Interpol' basically follows the formula of OLTA by having half the songs follow the standard Interpol sound, and half pushing in ambitious new directions.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Susan S. on September 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Interpol is not a band that grabs you instantly. You have to spend some time with them to get the full impact of their music. Their songs unfold slowly. I'm afraid that in this era of collective ADD, no one will give this one the time it needs to reveal itself. "Interpol" is not a collection of singles. It is a concept album meant to be experienced from beginning to end. In interviews promoting this album, the band has said that this follows a relationship as it disintegrates. The pleading, the bargaining, the anger, the hurt & finally, acceptance. It's all here & it's a haunting & emotional ride. Listen, with a good pair of headphones, from beginning to end, multiple times. You'll be rewarded.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By giovanni on January 30, 2011
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Like a young actress who won her Oscar a bit early or , more appropiate , an old indie favourite that has now a substantial fanbase , Interpol have not been given the credit their work deserves ever since 2004's Antics won them a wider audience .
I , though , still find present in their records the qualities that made me love that band so much in the first place : an extremely dark romantism , Paul Banks striking baritone and their strong , punctual songwritting , " born out of a forced discipline " as drummer Greg Drudy has said in an recent interview .
Lyrics rarely say something specific in rock music and here its no different . What's so capturing instead is this whole sense of unintentional menace of enigmatic lines like " I've got two secrets but i only told you one ..." from " Success " or those nightmarishly oh-la-la's towards the end of " Memory Serves " . Stand out tracks include " Barricade " , " Success " , " Lights " and ( personal favourite ) " Try It Out " with it's devastating climax . Critics may follow trends but music fans know better and should stick with this talented group for the long run .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2010
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Well, someone must not have been happy with the Capitol/Interpol corporate merger. Just one album, the experimental "Our Love To Admire," and Interpol find themselves back with independent label Matador. This self titled album with the exploding gray Interpol logo with a black background sums the whole thing up; the music is dark and fractured. In short, a return to form.

This is both good and bad. While there is nothing here as mind blowing as "The Lighthouse" was on the previous album, Interpol's mixture of Joy Division/Psychedelic Furs malevolence and malaise pulses through the core of this album, with black growls like "Success" and the sad drone of "Always/The Man I Am" piercing through the murk. Alan Moulder did these mixes, which reflects his expertise in making bleakness sound alluring, with guitars sounding like they're blaring from the back of an auditorium and making things bass heavy. That approach works even better on the uptempo "Barricade," building the song to its final punch.

Overall, the knockouts are not as consistent as they were on "Our Love to Admire," but "Interpol" is more cohesive as an album. Interpol go back to basics on this album, and the payoff is worth the listen.
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66 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Hamster Army on September 8, 2010
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I've closely followed and loved Interpol's early music since '02-'03. I really don't know why Paul and the gang are so uninspired. It seems they possibly tried to regain their "Indie cred" by going back to Matador for their latest self-titled release, but the album falls flat, fairly badly. Songs go nowhere, most of them are paced very slowly with Paul's purposefully cryptic lyrics, but now, they're all about girls and relationship drama(targeting emo teens?). Maybe it was the super model girlfriend? (ugh, cmon) I don't know, but I suppose there's a reason Carlos left the band after recording this...he knew the music was bad and that their light had apparently gone out, starting with OLTA, which was a better album actually in my opinion (and isn't saying a whole lot ultimately).

In fact many of these songs sound like rejects from the "Julian Plenti" album, sans one or two tracks. There isn't even a song nearly as good as "Games For Days" on here. The songs seem half-baked and uninspired. I can't even go into them as they are almost all so utterly dull.

I quite literally had to, for the first time with their music, force myself through their new album, and I had already heard/owned "Lights" and "Barricade" (and they gave me the "oh boy this is going to be a bummer album" feeling immediately). The songs, again, go nowhere, seem uninspired, and are just plain boring, to sum it up.

I don't know what else to say, so I shortened this review, there's no point in knocking someone when they're down. Time for solo projects and shoot-off bands guys.
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