13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Revisiting a long-beloved album in a high-profile way—as Interpol did on tour in 2017, performing their epochal debut, Turn On the Bright Lights, front to back to mark its 15th anniversary—can sometimes be a sign of a band running on fumes or being too reverent. But doing this smack in the middle of making their sixth album with producer Dave Fridmann reinvigorated the New York trio. “It really served us making the new record that we went back and played the first record,” singer Paul Banks told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe. “If circumstances align, I would recommend to other bands that they go out and hit the road a bit before they hit the studio.” Marauder is hardly a refutation of their past—Daniel Kessler’s chiming, knife-like guitar lines and Banks’ distinctive croon are present and in fine form (Banks does toy with a higher register on “If You Really Love Nothing” and “Party’s Over”). But the live-in-the-studio effect helps make the album feel feisty and snarling, delivering on the menace of its title. “We erred on the side of minimalism and simplicity,” said Banks. “It felt like time for us to go back to that tradition: Be a rock band and play.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Revisiting a long-beloved album in a high-profile way—as Interpol did on tour in 2017, performing their epochal debut, Turn On the Bright Lights, front to back to mark its 15th anniversary—can sometimes be a sign of a band running on fumes or being too reverent. But doing this smack in the middle of making their sixth album with producer Dave Fridmann reinvigorated the New York trio. “It really served us making the new record that we went back and played the first record,” singer Paul Banks told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe. “If circumstances align, I would recommend to other bands that they go out and hit the road a bit before they hit the studio.” Marauder is hardly a refutation of their past—Daniel Kessler’s chiming, knife-like guitar lines and Banks’ distinctive croon are present and in fine form (Banks does toy with a higher register on “If You Really Love Nothing” and “Party’s Over”). But the live-in-the-studio effect helps make the album feel feisty and snarling, delivering on the menace of its title. “We erred on the side of minimalism and simplicity,” said Banks. “It felt like time for us to go back to that tradition: Be a rock band and play.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

WickedGypsy ,

Yes, please!

One of the very few bands whose albums I pre-order upon announcement, without a moment’s hesitation, because I know it will be worth every single penny.

eric_02125 ,

Classic Interpol

This album has Interpol taking us into the dark seedy places and the people we know there. The sound to me is getting back to TOTBL when you could hear Paul’s voice but barely make out the lyrics, that being said; Paul Banks seems to have drawn influence from a breakup and it’s to our benefit. Daniel Kessler is at his best cutting through every track and Sam Fogarino leaves his notorious, indelible mark.
Don’t believe me? Go see them live and see for yourselves.

messywolf ,

It's No El Pintor!

I'm hoping that it grows on me. Nowhere near as strong as the last album.

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