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Turn On the Bright Lights

InterpolAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (539 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00006BTCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (539 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untitled
2. Obstacle 1
3. NYC
4. PDA
5. Say Hello To The Angels
6. Hands Away
7. Obstacle 2
8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
9. Roland
10. The New
11. Leif Erikson

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The stunning debut album that incorporates so many postpunk influences: Joy Division, Television, Morrissey, . Includes the bonus track "Specialist".

Interpol create literate, atmospheric, moody, trashy post-punk music that recalls '80s faves the Psychedelic Furs. And this is definitely a good thing. While most young bands are content to rhyme "make it" with "fake it," Interpol pens melodramatic tales of tortured and tortuous urban relationships that are truly refreshing. Like their peers the Strokes, they're bright, sophisticated, and meticulous enough to build stirring soundscapes. Turn On the Bright Lights is a must for anyone who missed Echo & the Bunnymen, the Furs, and Joy Division the first time around. --Dominic Wills

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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Like Joy Division! April 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because people told me it sounded just like Joy Division, who are my all-time favorite band. Well, somebody has to say this and it's going to be me- Interpol don't really sound much like Joy Division, and all the reviewers who say otherwise are just demonstrating that they've never really listened all that closely to either band. Yes, Interpol are a dark post-punk band, but the similarity really ends there. Interpol songs are not built around the bass line like Joy Division songs, they aren't nearly as manic-sounding, and the tone of Interpol's music tends to be moody and reflective whereas the tone of Joy Division is coldly futuristic and impersonal. However, Turn on the Bright Lights is a brilliant album in its own right, with some of the best songwriting I've heard in a long time, and songs that grow on you more and more till you hardly want to hear anything else. Of course Interpol have their influences like any band does, and one of those influences might be Joy Division. But they don't really need to be compared to anyone. They shine on their own.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut Album of the Year 2002? December 20, 2002
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This debut is quite extraordinary (perhaps as impactful as U2 'Boy'). The songs are elegant and complex of craft, with bright, spacious quitars reminiscent of Frank Black of the Pixies. The bass and drum duo often propel the beat with a Gang of Four style funkiness, all underneath the often commented comparison to Ian Curtis (Joy Division)vocals. Tracks 'Obstacle 1', 'Stella' and 'The New' rank with the best of U2 in their day, while 'Untitled' and 'Hands Away' are on par with RadioHead circa 'Kid A'. The wonderful CD closer'Leif Erikson' could have been a lost track from Joy Division. If you liked the Pixies, Gang of Four, Smiths, Furs etc buy this CD. Album of the year? Maybe, not a bad track on it. A band to watch. (Saw them live in NYC and every bit as tight and shimmering as on CD)
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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Interpol has thrown in a fantastic debut this year, really catching this listner off-guard. I had already pegged The Doves or David Holmes as my favorites of the year, but then along comes this wonderful thing.

Like the Strokes did last year, Interpol has dug up some much needed gritty influence of the past. Where the Strokes was a lighter pop affair, Interpol has gone right into the alleys and seedy clubs of both Manchester England and NYC. The record takes on a lot from Joy Division, Talking Heads and even Television. But it's the spooky quality of Joy Division that's adds some drama and beauty to the dark landscape within. Interpol draws from the past but keeps things sounding new and fresh. Songs like Untitled and NYC are as impressive as any I've heard this year. Like the Manchester music of the late 70's and early 80's, Interpol trys in vein to break out of their grime-laden roots. The result is an honest and soulful exchange delivered with art-ful passion. Matador have once again expanded their library and stumbled upon some truely great rock-n-roll. Turn on your ears to this great disc!
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrested development (pun-?-intended...) January 12, 2003
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If you rely on the reviews to decide whether or not to give Interpol a chance you'll wind up thinking that this might be yet another copycat effort in an otherwise dry and uninspired current rock scene.
So is this true then? Do Interpol sound like the Psychedelic Furs or the Joy Division or the Smiths, etc. etc. etc? Hmm, well, in all honesty, when i first heard the album i thought i heard tens of hints and references to several legendary bands of the 80s. Nevertheless, i couldn't come up with a direct comparison. Yes, Interpol combine many elements from the aforementioned bands while at the same time standing their ground with more than enough decency (that IS possible, you know)..
But, it would be unfair to compare these New Yorkers with the Strokes (the Strokes?? please..) or any of these "new" post 80s-postpunk-post whatever-post me a postcard bands. Why? Well, cuzz Interpol are simply better than that lot and because they emit a lot more pathos and involvement in their music. Sound good enough so far?
At their most capturing Interpol are best at their darkest. And dark they are mostly throughout as they narrate everyday stories which are paradoxically rare for the everyman.
Obviously they aren't rediscovering the moon but lets be fair here. There's a reason why the rock scene is stagnant these days and that reason is that it has become damn hard to sound original any more, if not impossible. On that term, this album is one of truly wonderful quality. And, lets face it, what are your choices if you wanna hear straight-out emotional, angsty and intriguing guitars? Limp Bizkit? I didn't think so either...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TONTBL - Great Record January 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
People shouldn't put down records that sound like they've been done before. Of course musical progression is good, but it shouldn't be treated as an end in itself. Sometimes great records are just great records, and Interpol's TONTBL is a great record.
I'll get straight to the point. Interpol, has made a great album that isn't necessarily post-punk - it's poppy as well. They've made something that's more accessible than perhaps Joy Divison, The Bunnymen, etc. would ever be. I don't think Ian Curtis would be turning in his grave if he saw a bunch of kids listening to Interpol and then buying a couple of Joy Division CDs. Come on, surely this must be a good thing for music? You don't have to be progressive as an end in itself. Interpol's formula for making music is simple, but it works so well. The guitar and drums keep a steady beat(people who enjoy guitar driven rock, with solos might find this boring) while Carlos(bass) and Paul(vox) provide great melodies. It seems that each song has been worked with care individually and as a band. The band has worked hard on these songs and it shows. Highlights include Roland, PDA, The New, Obstacle 1, Leif Erikson, Hands Away - actually most songs are really good.
I've had this CD for almost a year now and its still amazingly fresh. The production is also really well done and the vocals, drums and bass are mixed perfectly. In a way the record is so good that some may say it beats its predecessors. I say - it doesn't matter - this is one of the top records in 2002. It's not necessarily the best album of the year, but its the only 2002 album Im still listening to including (of course). Buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
I know I'm opening myself up to ridicule here, but I've never heard of this band until about 6 months ago. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Casper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best Interpol albums. You need it in your library.
Published 23 days ago by Macky
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE INTERPOL ♥
Published 23 days ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest. band
Interpol. Greatest. band. ever. At least I think so.
Published 1 month ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn up the Bright Lights
This album is great, turned up to like 10.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Blunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Raise the curtain
A very complete package. A must for all Interpol fans.
Published 1 month ago by Micxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Save your money and buy this!!
So awesome that Interpol did this for their fans. I'm so excited that they released some of their rare songs that were previously only found in the depths of the internet on some... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Little Birdy
4.0 out of 5 stars while it sounds great and the album is a personal favorite
while it sounds great and the album is a personal favorite, the album wobbled on my player and popped once or twice. No big deal though, good pressing overall.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a very low cost vinyl and the sound is not as good as a heavier...
Please, take care, actually, this is not a 180g. edition. It's a very low cost vinyl and the sound is not as good as a heavier edition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by René
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold times
Interpol is a New York band influence by the post punk and alternative. On this album is one of the first album of Interpol in which show the early potential of this band. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Edmund
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