The stunning debut album that incorporates so many postpunk influences: Joy Division, Television, Morrissey, . Includes the bonus track "Specialist".
The early '80s subgothic, postpunk are clearly Interpol's obsession on Turn On the Bright Lights
. Though stylishly clad in suits and ties and unmistakably a New York band, their music is a literate, atmospheric, always-moody, sometimes-trashy postpunk often recalling the Psychedelic Furs, particularly with "PDA," "Obstacle 2," "Roland," and "Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down." And this is definitely a good thing. While most young bands are still rhyming "make it" with "fake it," it's truly refreshing to hear Interpol's melodramatic tales of tortured and tortuous urban relationships. Like their peers the Strokes, they're a bright band, sophisticated and meticulous enough to build genuinely stirring soundscapes. Turn On the Bright Lights
is an absolute must for anyone who missed Echo & the Bunnymen, the Furs, or Joy Division the first time round. --Dominic Wills