11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

So influential as to have become almost invisible in the intervening years, 2002’s Turn on the Bright Lights practically minted American stadium indie rock. Interpol’s concrete-grey post-punk at first feels dominated by Paul Banks’ hectoring baritone, but shafts of light continually cut through. The stately “NYC” prefigures The National’s introspective triumphs, the hard-charging “PDA” is a seed for The Killers and Arcade Fire to water, and “Untitled” is the song that dozens of would-be U2s are still trying to write.

EDITORS’ NOTES

So influential as to have become almost invisible in the intervening years, 2002’s Turn on the Bright Lights practically minted American stadium indie rock. Interpol’s concrete-grey post-punk at first feels dominated by Paul Banks’ hectoring baritone, but shafts of light continually cut through. The stately “NYC” prefigures The National’s introspective triumphs, the hard-charging “PDA” is a seed for The Killers and Arcade Fire to water, and “Untitled” is the song that dozens of would-be U2s are still trying to write.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
244 Ratings

244 Ratings

Radaface ,

Wow.

Are there really 200 couches?

A Very ,

First album I can listen to all the way through.

Holy hell. What can I say about Interpol that hasn't been said. People will have their Joy Division comparisons,and that's cool. But in my opinion,they have a little more variety than JD. And are much more fun to listen too. This album,has influenced me as a musician,and has helped me through difficult times in my life. Definitely in my top 10 albums ever.And for a good reason. Interpol,is the total package on this album. Catchy bass lines,layered guitars,great drumming,and intelligent lyrics sung by a haunting vocalist. Don't get the credit they deserve really.

Joseph M. Ramirez ,

No. 2 on my list of 25 Favorite Rock Albums of the 2000s

The best neo-postpunk album of the decade: a perfect distillation of that early '80s vibe coupled with a distinctly contemporary shimmer and mood.

I originally posted this mini-review in October 2010, but all the reviews for this album seem to have disappeared. Why is there now only one published review on iTunes for a classic album that's been out for nine years?

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