It manages to entertain and intrigue, and suggests that there's a lot more to Paul Banks than perhaps even he might care to acknowledge.
Banks is all new material, and is a manifestation of the quantum leap Banks has taken as a songwriter and arranger.
No pillars of noise, no bandmates – and he’s burning all the brighter for it.
With his eponymous sophomore release Banks, Interpol’s baritone leading man Paul Banks rises above past experiences, reaching nirvana in a way that’s both reflective and cathartic.
It lacks cohesion, with eerie instrumentals featuring with gentle acoustic tracks, it is a noble attempt to progress a rather formulaic, albeit excellent, musical career.
For the most part, Banks battles his animosity with underlying hope, always relying on the former with an almost self-deprecating hostility.
Banks, in contrast, is sluggish, unsteady, and ultimately noncommittal about forward motion.