Friday, September 10, 2010
Let me start by saying that I absolutely LOVE "Antics" and was pleasantly surprised when "Our Love To Admire" kept a very similar tone. I saw "Our Love" as almost a sequel album. Throwing them on shuffle together made it just seem like it was just a double album. Normally, people might be against a band not really 'growing' with their next album, but I dug it.
Between "Our Love" and "Interpol", Paul Banks, lead singer and guitarist, took up a side project, "Julian Plenti" and released the first album, "Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper". Because Bank's vocals are so unique, this album sounded very similar to his work with Interpol. Thought, this time, he kept it very minimal and tried to go a little more experimental with it. I enjoyed it enough, but not nearly to the lengths that I loved "Antics" and "Our Love To Admire".
That's where "Interpol" comes into play. It sounds more like a Julian Plenti album than an Interpol album. That's both a good and bad things. No, screw that; honestly, it's a bad thing. Of course, the album is FAR from bad, but it's also far from what I was hoping for. I'm not going to waste too much time going in depth about its actual musicianship because I'm not that kind of listener. I don't try and dissect things, especially during the first listen-through. I just didn't really "feel it".
I might just need more time to digest it. And normally, when I don't like an album off the bat, it's a good thing. All of my favorite bands, minus Ratatat because they're god-tier, have taken multiple listens for me to even begin to realize their greatness. Hopefully, this will do just that.