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Interpol “Our Love to Admire” Album Review

July 29th, 2007 by

Our Love to Admire
Capital: 2007

Often when a band is in its infant stage, releases its first record and begins to gain recognition for its sound; they become attached or associated with that said style. In this case Interpol’s third record, Our Love to Admire, is an improvement of there old sound. Much to the bemoaning of some critics Interpol has signed to a major label (Capitol), and have added more instruments to there once static and stark mix. Thanks to bassist Carlos D, Interpol has added more cinematic style sound-scape’s to there already distinctly minimal sound.

On tracks such as opener Pioneer to the Fall, and stand out tracks Wrecking Ball and Rest my Chemistry, extensive use of movie score like repetition and fringe dynamics are used. Most tracks on Our Love to Admire boast either organ, woodwinds or more extensive use of strings. Our Love to Admire, picks up where second album Antics left off. This is definitely a more a more guitar based album; Daniel Kessler’s merricone like guitar work is all over this album, at times to the detriment of the rhythm section comprised of Sam Fogarino and Carlos D. This is the most cohesive album lyrically by Interpol, there is a central theme running through most of the songs on this album; there is a hint of heartbreak and bitterness in singer Paul Banks lyrics, a sort of angry fervor and defiance. Our Love to Admire is definitely an album you should check out if your a fan of cinematic, moody, pop music.


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