Interpol
Our Love to Admire


3.0
good

Review

by Tyler Fisher EMERITUS
July 9th, 2007 | 144 replies | 19,372 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Capitol Records turned on the bright lights, but Interpol continues with their antics.

Let me get this out of the way immediately. Interpol sounds like Joy Division. However, they threw us all for a loop here. They played the hype game perfectly, stating an evolution in their sound with the entrance of keyboards. They never let too much about the album out, only to build a shroud of mystery around Our Love to Admire, which for a long time people thought would be titled Moderation. Like the eponymous spy organization, Interpol kept their album a secret for as long as possible. Then they released “The Heinrich Maneuver”, the album’s first single, featuring the low-key catchiness so familiar from Interpol. Really, not much had changed, but it was nice to see that they hadn’t really gotten any worse. Unfortunately, as Our Love to Admire demonstrates, they haven’t gotten any better either.

The album begins as the other two Interpol albums did, sparsely and brilliantly. “Pioneer to the Falls” may be the best song on the album. Beginning with a haunting guitar melody and sprinkles of high piano, it broods slowly and simply. Banks sings with his typical, monotone voice but finds himself in a musical setting that suits it better than ever. Overall, it feels like Turn on the Bright Lights has returned, with a much more epic atmosphere rather than trying to create a hit single with every song. Unfortunately, this is no indication to the rest of the album. “No I in Threesome”, which talks about just that, a threesome, gives a true preview into the album, beginning with a simple bassline and building from there. To its credit, the chorus showcases a great vocal melody and a downbeat with the guitars splashing into the sound with a huge sound. Everything else sounds all too familiar, even with the addition of piano and keyboard. Really, all the new instrumentation does to the album is add more chordal substance instead of making better atmosphere or more melody. The keyboards add more sound and nothing more. The simple guitar melodies, jumpy basslines, and robotic, always on the beat drumming all return and show no progression.

Here, it is necessary to realize that Our Love to Admire is Interpol’s major label debut on Capitol Records. With big name producer Rich Costey, the production further embraces Interpol’s sound. Everything is clearer, more dynamic. Costey did an excellent job at taking the band’s sound and making it sound the best it could. Again, it is the repetitive nature of the album and its songwriting that brings it down. There is no evolution in their sound, just a few added piano chords. Variety comes from “Rest My Chemistry”, which brings the tempo down and utilizes the piano much better and shows some of the band’s better guitar interplay. It broods in its simple groove better than most of the album, showing a bit more soul from the entire band, including the drummer who plays more like a human rather than a click track. The album closes much like it started with the sparse “Lighthouse”, basking in reverberated guitars and deep piano. Once again, it is this atmosphere where Interpol works best. Perhaps this is the evolution they speak of, where their music becomes even simpler than it ever has been. The song reaches its climax with tribal drums and epic, descending chimes. Much like the solemn image the band portrays, it ends sounding the same as their career started - depressed.

Maybe I’m expecting too much here, after Interpol proclaimed a brand new, evolved sound and everything seemed to be looking up, from their much more artistic, interesting album cover to the image they seemed to want to portray, but at the root of almost every song is that same, clean guitar line, and while this formula works, it’s growing old. I’d much rather hear an album of “Pioneer to the Falls” than “Pace is the Trick” or “Scale”. The bookends of the album are where the band should be heading, simply because that doesn’t sound like Joy Division.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
July 9th 2007



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I couldn't really get into this review, so if I sound bored, sorry, but I was.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 9th 2007



3995 Comments


http://www.tinymixtapes.com/Interpol,3769

This review sums up how I feel about "Pioneer to the Falls." I like the other track here though. I don't think I'll pick this up. I'm more of a fan of their earlier stuff.

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 9th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gets a 3 from me as well, though I think I like this more than you. Probably a better review than mine haha, but I'll still post it anyways.

Two-Headed Boy
July 9th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ehh I'll still buy it. Good work though.

The Jungler
July 9th 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm still kind of looking forward to listening to this album. Antics wasn't great, but I still really enjoy Interpol.
Nice job on the review.

samthebassman
July 9th 2007



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm a little disappointed by this album.

gimo80
July 9th 2007



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Um, I'm sorry but this album is absolutely fantastic. It's very much in the same vein as Turn On The Bright Lights, and it really has some awesome moments of lyrical and musical genius throughout. Good review, but I would have rated it higher - but hey, it's only just been released, so I really think only time will tell.

scallahan06
July 9th 2007



124 Comments


i agree with gimo.

TojesDolan
July 9th 2007



272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I'll buy this.

sgrevs
July 9th 2007



698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know what to rate this, I haven't yet listened enough. I'm liking it though, there's some really great stuff, and I dig the single. I'm such an Interpol fanboy though I will probably end up giving this a minimum of 4.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2007



15693 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

The summary's puns are nearly perfect, but a little flawed.

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins [AMDISCS]

La Revolucion
July 9th 2007



1060 Comments


I think "nearly perfect" implies that they are a little flawed.

Album is more like a 2 or a 2.5, but nice review.

iamrockzorz
July 9th 2007



1028 Comments


This isn't really what i expected. I expected them to progress to be slightly more different than they were on antics, as they had in between antics and turn on the bright lights.

Its probably gonna get a 3 - 3.5 from me.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 10th 2007



2125 Comments


Even after reading your review, I'm still really looking forward to this. I love this band.

Zmev
July 10th 2007



983 Comments


I'm midway through and this is pretty eh, but the Heinrich Maneuver is pretty good.


Looking at 2.5/3/disappointing

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2007



15693 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I think "nearly perfect" implies that they are a little flawed.


^Pun on FlawedPerfections name.

pulseczar
July 10th 2007



2385 Comments


the couple of songs i've heard from this gives me the impression that interpol are running out of ideas in terms of raping old post-punk. turn on the bright lights is still good, though.

Sikamikanik0
July 10th 2007



5 Comments


im sorry but i dont agree with your review at all
there are some great musical moments on this album, the lighthouse being one of them. its so haunting and simple
your a bit of an a=hole when it comes to rating albums as i've seen from your past ratings
with the exception of you rating blood sugar and mothership connection a five bcause those are two albums that truly deserve it, you arent very generous.
what did you rate interpol's first album if you rated this a 3?
this album i think is at least a 4. you just have to get into it and not skip to the wellknown songs

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
July 10th 2007



2806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

your a bit of an a=hole when it comes to rating albums as i've seen from your past ratings


I laughed at that for a while.

The Jungler
July 10th 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listened to this today. Probably better than Antics, but I'll listen a few more times before rating.



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