ALBUM REVIEWS


Interpol
OUR LOVE TO ADMIRE
PARLOPHONE 9.7.07
@www.vanguard-online.co.uk



Before I start, I feel I should issue a quick warning. If you feel like taking a look at Interpol’s website, please make sure you don’t miss the “nyc” off the end of the address. I did, and ended up staring at a plea by a multinational crime fighting force for information leading to the arrest of one of the world’s most wanted criminals. I won’t make that mistake twice.

Interpol’s (I’m talking about the band now, if you were wondering) third album comes at a very exciting time musically. That’s right, we’ve got rid of those stupid ‘free’ performances at Wembley and we’re back into festival season proper. With Interpol due to appear at Oxegen, T in the Park and Reading & Leeds over the next couple of months, “Our Love To Admire” has been eagerly awaited by many and will no doubt become the background to many memories of The Summer Of ‘07.

And, I’m pleased to say, it does not disappoint. The Press Release that accompanied the album puts a heavy emphasis on the fact that the band have approached this new offering in a totally different way to “Antics” and “Show Me The Bright Lights” (they have a new record label, a newfound love of keys and strings and wrote the whole album in situ, rather than on the road as they had done previously) and this comes through from the very beginning.

“Our Love To Admire” opens with “Pioneer To The Falls”, a soulful, brooding track with the band’s trademark guitar sound washing through it, like an old friend shaking your hand the way he always has just to show that he hasn’t changed. Next up, “No I In Threesome” is a bit poppier and takes itself less seriously. But yes, it really is about what you think it’s about….

“The Scale” doesn’t so much start as grab you by the balls…the hook is wet and deep and menacing and sounds brilliant with the bass turned up to 11. All three tracks so far are belters, but this is the one that I can see being sung back to the band at this summer’s festival appearances. “The Heinrich Manoeuver”, presumably referencing the famous German Romantic poet, is the first single from the album and lures you in with its ‘How are things on the west coast?’ sneering and a killer guitar hook. This is the track that gets your foot tapping after some careful thought over the previous entries.

Other tracks of note include “All Fired Up”, with its feeling of frustration building through some peaks and troughs to a climax, and “Rest My Chemistry”, which sounds a bit like a rocked-up Semisonic after listening to too much Franz Ferdinand. Plus it contains the best opening line I’ve heard for a long time: ‘I haven’t slept for 2 days / I’ve bathed in nothing but sweat’.

Also worthy of note is the startling, stripped-back album closer “The Lighthouse”, which opens like a conceptual White Stripes offering, but then shifts into a ghostly ballad that culminates in a plodding, haunting, drumbeat.

I don’t think I need to say much more than you really should invest in this album. It’s a grower that starts off good and just gets better every time you hear it. Honestly, there isn’t a single track that I want to skip on this album. Go get it!

www.interpolnyc.com


Simon Middleyard