Review Summary: Burn your Joy Division T-shirts, there's a new sheriff in town.
Wow. Seeing as I am younger and a newer fan of Interpol, I haven't had as much time to listen to their previous work but quickly became a fan, and quickly caught on to the "Turn on the Bright Lights" bandwagon and feel it is definitely their best work. With that being said, I am thoroughly impressed with how good "El Pintor" is. After their last two releases I felt like they kind of lost that touch that they had so long ago. "Our Love to Admire" was a really inconsistent album with a few great tracks and the rest really just blended together. Then along came the self title that was just an utter failure. Naturally, I was hesitant entering the "El Pintor" era, and really just scared that it was going to be another disappointment.
Well obviously, I was wrong. I ate my words. "El Pintor" was spectacular. The band totally dropped that pop sound they were carrying with the last few releases and really got back to the heart of Post Punk, and did it so well. Even as a three piece they filled the void that Carlos, an incredible bassist, left. It reminded me so much of the earlier times, the first few releases that it sort of brought a tear to my eye. I can safely say I never was bored with this album, like I tend to be trying to immerse myself into the world of Post Punk. The Opening track says it all. "All the Rage Back Home" couldn't have been any more perfect to open the album up. It set the tone for the rest of the album and I never got disappointed. Lately, I've heard many bands with such strong opening tracks or singles just throw out the rest of the album with worthless drab, and this was such a great change.
I think what really kept me interested throughout this album was the variety and how dynamic it ended up being. Towards the middle of "El Pintor" you get hit with "My Blue Supreme" which was perfectly crafted to catch you off guard with the high pitched, falsetto vocals that really dominated the song. It was beautiful, almost breathtaking. Finally, later on, with the album's closing song "Twice As Hard" you're hit with this brilliant ending. The mellow, airy, almost atmospheric sound that emanates of this song is perfect to end. It sounds melancholy, but reassuring at the same time, and it was just superb. With all that said, I think Interpol really found their groove again. They tapped into something that worked astonishingly well, there are little to no problems with this record.