Limited two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) Tour Edition of Interpol's 2007 release. This tour edition features a bonus DVD which includes six live tracks from the bands performance at the London Astoria in 2007 plus the promo videos for 'The Heinrich Maneuver' and 'No I In Threesome'. Our Love To Admire is at once unmistakably Interpol and undeniably new. The band's impressively seductive evolution is obvious all over the record, but never more so than on tracks like 'Mammoth,' 'Who Do You Think' and on the album's lyrical centerpiece, the ghostly 'Rest My Chemistry.' Interpol is back, every bit as good as before but charged with a new spirit, a new direction, a new label and, most of all, a new confidence. EMI. 2008.
Moving up to a major label has hardly lifted Interpol's spirits. This is a good thing. Even with the twisted Wild Kingdom album cover and bassist Carlos Dengler's unexpected Wild West makeover, on its third studio album the black-clad New York quartet still sounds inflexibly menacing, grasping tighter than ever to its doomy post-punk influences and delving further into frontman Paul Banks's emotional unrest. Everything sounds a little bigger and brighter, sure, but at their core songs like "Rest My Chemistry" and "Wrecking Ball" are heroically sinister, goaded on by prickly riffs and slow-bleeding rhythms. The group briefly jumps to life on the buzzing "Heinrich Manouver" and exhibits an unexpected dash of humor on "No I in Threesome," but it's the closing "Lighthouse" that best defines the set--a late-night lament that simply steals away into the dark. --Aidin Vaziri