I am trying not to repeat my last review of Interpol, but like Interpol I can only think of the same thing when I listen to "Marauder" as I did when I listened to "El Pintor" four years ago--the band continues to staunchly not change. The weird thing is people thinking "Marauder" is a return.......to what? What are they returning to? Their first two albums were their best, but that was because they suckered us. They preyed upon our nostalgia for Joy Division or The Smiths, long since departed by Interpol's debut in 2002. 16 years later, and what have we got? The same old same old. Interpol are hucksters. Fooling us into thinking we're eating a different type of mayonnaise, but it is still the same mayonnaise. The exact same ingredients. So if you like that, then "Marauder" is a return to......mayonnaise.
Even Chicago looked around and incorporated the current music scene into their music repertoire. That's what made them great. Sure, people thought they sold out, but really they were genius just like the Bee Gees. They regrouped and revamped had bigger success, reached more listeners, converted more fans, and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
But what about Interpol? 16 years, and right out of the gate not an original sound. No, they sounded like Joy Division reborn. Then, they go and stay the same.
So here's their sixth album, "Marauder", mining the same old ground for gold nuggets. Once again, the band sounds organized, precise, and tight. They sound well produced and exacting. There are the usual handful of decent songs such as "If You Really Love Nothing", "The Rover", "Complications", "Mountain Child" and "Number 10". There's superfluous material like "Interlude 1" and "Interlude 2" and "Stay in Touch".
Generally, for me at least, "Marauder" lacks the hooks that "Turn on the Bright Lights" and "Antics" had before the band began recycling themselves from "Our Love to Admire" onward.
I still like Interpol, but I imagine that liking Interpol is equivalent to liking Elton John during his many years of creating albums that were just average when compared to his best works. While no artist can remain on top at all times, some are better than others at bringing the heat each time. Interpol is not one such artist.
Here's how "Marauder" compares to Interpol's other works:
2002 Turn On The Bright Lights: Four Stars
2004 Antics: Four Stars
2007 Our Love To Admire: Three and a Half Stars
2010 Interpol: Three and a Half Stars
2014 El Pintor: Three and a Half Stars
2018 Marauder: Three and a Half Stars
- Original Release Date: August 24, 2018
- Release Date: August 24, 2018
- Label: Matador
- Copyright: ℗© 2018 Matador Records
- Total Length: 44:20
- ASIN: B07D9HQM5M
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,904 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)