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Turn On the Bright Lights

InterpolAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)

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In 2002, we released our first album, Turn On the Bright Lights. We had waited close to five years for the opportunity to record an album. Needless to say this was a memorable moment for us. We never had any expectations for how the album would be received. We just wanted to present our music as an album to anyone who would be open to hearing it. It was incredible to finally tour and see ... Read more in Amazon's Interpol Store

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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00006BTCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,868 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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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

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60 of 64 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
5.0 out of 5 stars NYC by way of Manchester, England - Great Record Indeed! September 12, 2002
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Division? Turn on the speakers. February 26, 2005
By julia
Format:Audio CD
THE JOY DIVISION COMPARISONS MUST STOP. Kiddies, just because a critic in Rolling Stone or whatever thought he heard some JD influence in this doesn't mean you all have to be "hip" and start saying the same thing. Just so you know...the band don't even listen to Joy Division (except for Carlos D but I doubt he's responsible for their ultimate sound). Why don't you be creative and compare them to another band? Everyone is sick and tired of hearing you little hipsters drone on about how they ripped off Joy's not new, and it's not clever. I've heard enough JD to recognize some similarities, but I'm not dumb enough to go off and say Interpol are ripping them off. Yeah, so Paul's vocals do sound something like Ian Curtis' but who can blame the vocal chords??? Then again...why not compare Paul to Jim Morrison? Or even Neil Young? They sound kinds of alike....why fixate on Curtis? I personally love the way Paul sounds. No, it's not some sort of BEAUTIFUL, talented singing, but it sounds perfect with the music. Imagine if Paul's voice sounded like Lou Reed's.... it would take away the charm from the music.

Anyways, onto the actual album....

All the songs seem to have sort of a 'dark' element to them without sounding too depressing or angry. The first track is mainly an instrumental one, without many vocals. This is one of my least favorite tracks as I find it repetitive and even kind of boring at times. "Obstacle 1", however, is one of the best songs on the album. The guitar chords are so simple and don't require much technique but with Paul's vocals howling over the guitar, it sounds incredible. People often say Paul sings in monotone and that they don't feel any emotion in his voice. If you are one of those people, listen to this song and you will be proven wrong.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Five stars without a doubt, there's not one bad song. Hope the fifth álbum that they are doing, comes close to this one.
Published 3 months ago by Carlos Federico Chapur
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice
This album by Interpol has only been out of my player for maybe 1 day since I bought it! Being a fan of Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Gary Numan, David Bowie and others like Brian... Read more
Published 3 months ago by colleen miller
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality vinyl
I dont know a lot about vinyl quality, but it was clean and not warped out of the box. The sound quality is great. Wonderful album, to boot.
Published 3 months ago by Wren McGalliard
5.0 out of 5 stars This is amazing and comprehensive
This is amazing and comprehensive. If you love this album, get it. The extras and b-sides and demos are worth it alone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rob M
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tracks, Great Quality.
It's an incredible album, I bought it for a friend's birthday on September 37th, the delivery was on time and the packaging was adequate to protect the fragile vinyl. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roman A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
LOVE Interpol. this is my fav album. Worth the investment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Published 6 months ago by moonsmuses
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
If you are a fan of Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Cure, and other modern rock alternative bands, you will enjoy listening to Interpol. I love their distinct sound and style.
Published 7 months ago by Michelle W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, very happy with price
Gave this to a young person just beginning her vinyl collect, she loves it. Wish there was more available on amazon.
Published 10 months ago by Laozi
5.0 out of 5 stars Best debut album that will get anyone hooked to this band
I first listened to this band because it was compared to the likes of Joy Division and the musci scene that they generated, this is a masterpiece in it's totality and would... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great deal. This album has always been one of my favorite, and now I can add it to my vinyl collection
Published 12 months ago by Gisell Ale
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