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Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

New York's prime purveyors of gloom return to their old label for their fourth outing.

ADM rating[?]

6.3

Label
Matador
UK Release date
13/09/2010
  1. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    While this latest album has only made the band that much more mysterious, it’s a puzzle you’ll mull over for quite some time
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Their most refined, elegant and frightening release. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    For a band who specialise in the dark, their touch is thankfully light. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   BBC

    Interpol the album is very good indeed
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  5. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Easily the band’s most complex and impressive work since debut ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The band's rare ability to distinguish between sweeping anthemics and histrionic bluster, is what really impresses
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  7. 8.0 |   AU Review

    Despite the impression that all may not have been well throughout its recording, Interpol marks the end of an era for one of our finest bands in a fitting manner
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  8. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Something so deeply submerged in melancholia you can’t even see light
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  9. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A deliciously dark and dramatic album worthy of listeners’ full attention
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  10. 7.0 |   Blurt

    Like older releases, this album bears a foreboding quality
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  11. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Interpol have still just about come up with sufficient to remain worthy of investigation, and, at this stage, that might yet be enough
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  12. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Interpol doesn’t quite match the band’s best
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  13. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Interpol is a fine album, full of masterful musicianship and taut songwriting
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  14. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    They have done well to maintain the mystery and retain the dark drama and post-punk dynamics that are their calling cards
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  15. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A surprisingly solid comeback
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  16. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Interpol is quite possibly the record that the more rabid end of the band's fanbase would have wanted Antics to be
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  17. 6.0 |   Bowlegs

    The bottom line is that it is not as good as those first two albums
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  18. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Bleak and beautiful
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Slower and steadier than previous work
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  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A stubborn, brooding album by a band who no longer want to make people dance. Print edition only

  21. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    There’s a nonchalant sense of old ideas being reworked, and of a band slowly suffocating in its own vacuum
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  22. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    The harder the New Yorkers try to evoke gravitas, the better the end result functions as mood music
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  23. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Interpol mostly deliver on this album with what they do best, sprinkling some of their most creative moments across it
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  24. 6.0 |   NME

    Overall, ‘Interpol’ seems cinematic, abstract and complex, but that adds up to something interesting rather than thrilling
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  25. 5.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Everything this band does can be heard, to much more flattering effect, on their first two records
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  26. 5.0 |   Spin

    The majority of Interpol is more dull than hypnotic: It tries to assemble skyscrapers, but ends up muddling around without a strong foundation
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  27. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    An album that plainly documents a band stretching itself as far as it can unimpressively go
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  28. 4.6 |   Pitchfork

    With every listen it just sounds like more of a fucking drag
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  29. 4.0 |   State

    If the fifth record doesn’t map out a new era for Interpol, just count your blessings that they ever managed to make the first two
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  30. 4.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    [The band] are more than capable of delivering another devastating album. That album, however, is not Interpol
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  31. 4.0 |   Prefix

    [They are] trying to recapture that old magic. Which in case you haven’t been paying attention, is long gone
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  32. 4.0 |   Eye Weekly

    Interpol hasn’t recaptured the lightning they bottled on their first two discs
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  33. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Essentially, we’ve heard it all before
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