|2. Obstacle 1|
|5. Say Hello To The Angels|
|6. Hands Away|
|7. Obstacle 2|
|8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down|
|10. The New|
|11. Leif Erikson|
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.Read more ›
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.