AOTY 2017
El Pintor
Interpol - El Pintor
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2014 Ratings: #243 / 828
User Score
Based on 190 ratings
2014 Ratings: #171
September 9, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
Interpol / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

With El Pintor, its first album since the 2010 departure of founding bassist Carlos Dengler, Interpol is reborn—older, wiser, and learning to take each crisis in stride.

90
Drowned in Sound

Their belief regained and creative juices flowing at a rate of knots, Interpol have delivered their finest record in a decade with El Pintor.

90
musicOMH

El Pintor is sleek, minimalist and brilliantly realised, and is the band’s best work since Antics

90
Sputnikmusic

El Pintor is a huge improvement by a band that, perhaps without the added pressure to once again succeed, would have instead spiralled further into irrelevancy.

85
The Line of Best Fit

El Pintor is immediately as comfortable and as welcome as a threadbare and favourite jumper but it only takes one entire and single minute to hear a new, renewed aerated energy to the band.

80
The Skinny

Expansive and texturally advanced, and arguably their strongest outing since that lauded debut, this is a welcome second coming.

80
NME

It would be hard to argue that Interpol are as vital as they once were - even with such an accomplished new work under their belts - but, fifth time round, they're proving there's still plenty of value in their elegantly downtrodden aesthetic.

80
DIY

It’s a characteristic success and a massive delight to the fans that their return as a three-piece yields something as excellent as ‘El Pintor’. The band that could once do no wrong returns, doing a hell of a lot of things exactly right.

80
PopMatters

The band sound so in their element—both in performance and song craft—that it ultimately just allows them to come out sounding more original than ever.

80
Slant Magazine

An elegantly simple, aggressive album that understands and acknowledges its own past without nostalgia or bloat.

75
Consequence of Sound

Interpol have learned to do more with a smaller bag of tricks, which means novel twists on the post-punk protocol are more noticeable than ever.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Ultimately El Pintor feels a like a blast of icy fresh air after a sticky, sweltering summer’s day.

70
Rolling Stone

Interpol still have a masterful touch with their lavishly romantic guitar fantasies: Daniel Kessler rings the chimes in his six-string cathedral, while Paul Banks rounds up another album's worth of miserable ladies to sing about.

70
AllMusic

Even if it doesn't have as much of the jagged need that sparked their best work, El Pintor is Interpol's most consistent album since Antics

65
Paste

El Pintor is ultimately more pleasurable than it is painful, enough of a distraction to recall how important Interpol seemed at one time and how they can still pull off the illusion of importance after all these years.

60
Under The Radar

Like an ailing canine after a reinvigorating trip to the veterinary surgeon, El Pintor has a bit more bite to it than some of Interpol's recent efforts.

60
Exclaim!

While El Pintor is no Turn on the Bright Lights or Antics, the record finds Interpol climbing out of their mediocre rut, slowly but surely.

60
No Ripcord

El Pintor isn’t a rekindling of old fires, more so a chilled, mutual acceptance from a band that is letting things roll as smoothly as can be.

59
Pitchfork

With El Pintor, Interpol don’t sound as much like Interpol as they do a band that really wants to be Interpol; it’s a sad notion for anyone who once held this band’s music dear to their hearts

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

Even if the album boasts a few diverting spins of lugubrious post-punk, the weight of these spins is diminished by the knowledge that nothing is at stake, that the wearied dissatisfaction they promulgate has never and seemingly will never contribute to biographical change.

Feb 1, 2015
98
"feel my desire i'm a frustrated man"
Aug 26, 2014
SiberianBreaks
60
'El Pintor' shows a return to form after the painfully bland self-titled album. This album has its fair share of memorable songwriting and solid, hard-hitting songs. It's pleasing to any hardcore fan of Interpol. I do feel that they're still playing it too safe. I was hoping for something fresh from this band, but it looks like I'm gonna have to keep waiting.

Favourite tracks: All the Rage Back Home, My Blue Supreme, Tidal Wave
Aug 26, 2014
HereIsNoWhy
76
A clear return to form for Interpol. Beautifully crafted vocal harmonies, insta-grabbing guitar licks and straightforward basslines makes this one of this years most compelling listens.

Best songs: All the Rage Back Home, Same Town - New Story, My Blue Supreme, Breaker 1.
Dec 18, 2017
CheapandLethal
55
Uninspiring
May 24, 2017
NR
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Track List
  1. All the Rage Back Home 
  2. My Desire 
  3. Anywhere 
  4. Same Town, New Story 
  5. My Blue Supreme 
  6. Everything Is Wrong 
  7. Breaker 1 
  8. Ancient Ways 
  9. Tidal Wave 
  10. Twice as Hard


Added on: June 5, 2014