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The Other Side of Make-Believe


The Other Side of Make-Believe

Seventh album from the New York indie rock band produced by Flood and Alan Moulder

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  1. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This album feels like the natural continuation from El Pintor, so if you felt disappointed by Marauder, fear not, Interpol have made amends by delivering another milestone album for you to enjoy
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    Album seven from the NYC gloom-rock icons comes with heart, curiosity and even some 'AM'-sized beats
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    A record packed with solitary voices, the New Yorkers seem to amplify their ability to capture the beauty in melancholy, stripping back the paint of the everyday to reveal the extraordinary underneath
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There's something quietly masterful about The Other Side Of Make-Believe. Strong, dignified, scarred but moving forwards, it's the sound of a band charting emotional disturbances, but emerging renewed. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Two decades on from their debut Turn On The Bright Lights comes this dependably great album from a dependably great band
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  6. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    Will thrill their fans and win them, new listeners
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  7. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    This is the most Berlin they’ve ever sounded, hints of Television, Iggy, Bowie and Christian Death integrated within a mysterious alchemical process
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  8. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Frontman Paul Banks gives his voice a rest on the long-running post-punk band’s seventh album, allowing more breathing room for the music
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    There are no giant leaps here, it’s very much Interpol as you know them, but there’s plenty of micro evolutions, impressive production and subtle tweaks to make this a welcome addition to their catalogue. Print edition only

  10. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Twenty years on from their debut, the band have endured, continuing to produce tight rhythms and shadowy urban soundscapes
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    Decidedly uneven, especially coming after the frequently great Marauder. Nevertheless, it offers plenty of mood and a little bit of innovation from a band still revealing nuances to their sound 20 years after their debut
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  12. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Hope and promise glint through a signature moodiness
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  13. 7.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s such a strong addition to an already strong repertoire of music that fans, old and new alike, will all have something to celebrate
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  14. 6.2 |   Pitchfork

    With slight changes in disposition and geography, the New York band strives toward a refreshed sound and outlook on its seventh record
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  15. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    A fine record, but one that ultimately fails to leave a mark
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  16. 6.0 |   Record Collector

    For 20 years, NYC’s Interpol have searched for ways to alter the shade of their monochromatic, elegiac rock: a dignified, if not always successful pursuit. This lightly envelope-pushing seventh album finds that elusive new sweet spot in bringing to the fore a somewhat alien concept: hope
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  17. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    One of the definitive New York buzz bands of the 00s, the trio relax their tense mood – just a little – on an album of pleasures and longeurs
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  18. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The Other Side does reasonably well to keep audiences engaged. However, it’s an album with plenty of great moments rather than a great album from start to finish
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  19. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Interpol’s The Other Side of Make-Believe has its share of moments that sound good while they’re playing but just can’t make a lasting impression after they stop
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  20. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    In an attempt to move forward, the band has repackaged the stylistic traits that made them special in the first place
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  21. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    There are some memorable, but plenty of forgettable, moments on Interpol’s familiar-sounding seventh album
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  22. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's an album that exudes darker hues, but carries a newfound gracefulness, to match the human perseverance of the pandemic years
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