Stranded In Stereo: Interpol: Our Love To Admire

Monday, July 9, 2007

Interpol: Our Love To Admire

"Spare me / the suspense” Paul Banks commands on “Mammoth,” one of 11 new songs on Interpol’s third opus, Our Love To Admire. Finally, after a three-year wait, listeners are no longer waiting in suspense but listening to see what changes and modes of growth would occur after jumping from Matador to Capitol.

Like “Mammoth,” opener “Pioneer To The Falls” was previewed on tour dates earlier in the year and fails to disappoint on record. The opening chime of the guitars that start off the record would almost channel the opening moments of "Everywhere" from Tango In The Night
if there was some wind chimes whistling away off in to the background. It’s near six-minute slow march that goes in to the standout “No I In Threesome.” From a pulsing bass line, comes a stomping beat and clang-clang piano which I really don’t remember them utilizing much before, and showing that the band again has given themselves room to grow and explore as opposed to just play everything by the book.

Admire does have the paint by numbers Interpol that we loved on Turn On The Bright Lights (the amazing finale "The Lighthouse,") and the one we kind of appeared to enjoy but maybe we didn't really with Antics (the sludge-like movement of "Rest My Chemistry.") Like Antics' lead off single "Slow Hands," "The Heinrich Maneuver" does not let down in the least, with its catchy hook spiraling about and hints of organ in the chorus (at least I think its an organ.)

So what are left with after the suspense is no more? An album that stands out beyond Antics, but still there will never be another record that comes out of them quite like Lights, and I'm fine with that. And I hope you are, too.

Stream: Our Love To Admire [Here] /// [Buy Here]

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