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Turn On The Bright Lights [Import]

Interpol Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews)
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1. Untitled
2. Obstacle 1
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4. PDA
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6. Hands Away
7. Obstacle 2
8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
9. Roland
10. The New
11. Leif Erikson

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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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Usually do this... Nov. 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Write reviews that is. I'm doing it to balance out all the truly unfair reviews right beneath mine. I'm usually moved to give an opinion only for something I've spent money on that I really, really love or really, really hate. In both cases, I usually find that my emotional judgment of the product's quality impedes giving an intelligent, well reasoned, balanced opinion. Now that I've blathered on pointlessly for about four lines, you're probably wondering if it's love or hate here. Wonder no longer. It's love. So you'll forgive the lack of intelligence, good reason, and balance.
I. Love. This. Album. I don't consider myself a music expert, but I think I have decent taste in music. Sure, I've liked Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Radiohead, the Strokes, and blah blah blah every other band Interpol is compared to. Forget all that for a second. This is an essential recording for music lovers. It instantly gained a place on my shelf next to OK Computer, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Doolittle, Slanted and Enchanted...in short, the ones I hold in highest regard and listen to with devout frequency.
I probably heard this CD 6 or 7 times in my ex boyfriend's car, completely ignoring it. (It usually came on after Linkin Park, so my expectations were set at low.) To me they sounded like Coldplay wannabes or something. Forget all the fancy name dropping these indie snobs like to do, I wasn't even hearing that. All that dense noise. I wasn't paying attention.
Fast-forward half a year. I listen to my impulsively acquired illegal download of "PDA" 3 or 4 times, admiring the cool full stop in the middle of the song. Then I listen some more. All of a sudden, the song opens up. Becomes penetrable. And there is so much there. So I downloaded "Obstacle 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Feb. 20 2013
Format:LP Record
Item was exactly what I ordered and arrived in a timely fashion. Although we haven't listened to it yet, my boyfriend was more than thrilled to get this vinyl and DVD.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars . May 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
interpol, this year's newest rock magazine favorite are, what i find to be nothing more than victims of hype.
joy division comparisons aside, interpol still manages to take unoriginality to a new level. as other negative reviewers have said before; if you paid attention to early 80s post punk at all, you might as well skip this one. for those who missed it the first time, and dont mind a lesser facimile, then this might be a decent introduction.
one of my biggest complaints here is that often parts of songs are lifted straight from the very bands whos influence they wear on their sleeves. "say hello to the angels" their newest single, has an uncanny resemblance to 1984's "this charming man" by a manchester band whos name im sure you all already know. the quirky yet strong rhythm and guitar riffs could come from no other place but the smiths' classic single. I found this happen on more than this occasion on the actual disc, but i find that playing a musical guessing game with "turn on the bright lights" is an enlightening experience that all should have the pleasure of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Aug. 16 2007
Format:Audio CD
I grew up in the 90's, so my first taste of music came from my dad's classic rock collection and the grunge and rap on the radio. Interpol released something that I haven't heard from 1990 to its release in 2002.

This album relies on one or two notes per guitar. That sounds boring, simplistic and even artsy. It isn't. Somehow they manage to mix and weave these simple notes to create a force of sound unlike any other. They drive the songs and are as important to the experience as Paul Banks' vocals.

This continues through the album but is far from tedious. There are energetic songs like 'Obstacle 2' along with the dark melodic 'Hands Away'. Changes of pace happens through the album in these songs and other like "Roland" and "New".

Complaints on this album focus on the driving music behind the songs that make the songs longer then some people feel the ought to be. That's a reasonable complaint. Songs like "Stella was a diver ...." are over 6 minutes long and start to sound repetitious. But the music behind the songs is what initially caught me on this album and I couldn't get enough.

I like all sorts of music from 18 minute Coltrane songs to 2 minute punk onslaughts and my patience is far from thin. If yours is you may still appreciate some of the shorter songs on this album. If your used to music on the radio and charts (which Interpol is seeping into), "Turn on the bright Lights" should be a welcome change.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid album, but not perfect. July 9 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I'm a bit of a dilettante when it comes to Interpol. I've had this album for ages, but the production and overly long song lengths have always kept me from really getting into it. The first four songs are obviously fantastic, but by then my tolerance has usually worn out and I'm unable to appreciate those which follow. Like so many of my fickle, reactionary peers, I too was forced to reassess the band in light of the recent leak of "Antics", their forthcoming second album. Fortunately, those problems I have with "Bright Lights" have been addressed on "Antics", and my enthusiasm for that album is such that I think I'm finally able to see some of the better aspects of this one. Surely, you don't need me to enumerate everything that the fans and critics have repeated at length for the last several years. Most of it is needless hyperbole anyway, but simply know that beneath the reverb is music of often remarkable beauty and passionate expression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debut Masterpiece
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4.0 out of 5 stars Promising debut
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Published on June 20 2004 by pablo
4.0 out of 5 stars This one's called "Interpol was a band and they were good"
Turn on the Bright Lights is an album loaded with songs that I would give three stars, since the songs tend to be derivative but consistantly enjoyable. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by rock enthusiast
4.0 out of 5 stars 25 Years later, Joy Division finally has a succesor
The English legends Joy Division made two very dark albums at the end of the 70's. Now a fivesome from New York City has finally picked up where Joy Division ended. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by M. Buisman
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Good But not THAT Good
I walked into the record store to purchase this album expecting the voice of God to enlighten me and save me forever thanks to all the hype this album recieved. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Nobody
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful magic from beyond the moons!!
This album is very, very dark and very, very nice and wonderful and intoxicating and mortifyingly handsome in ways beyond my power to describe this album. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thought people in NYC had some taste!
I finally listened to TOTBL and found myself mesmerized by the inability of my fellow reviewers to leave the comparisons aside and let this stand on it's own. Read more
Published on June 1 2004
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