Paul Banks - Banks

Paul Banks - Banks
CRITIC SCORE
71
Based on 12 reviews
2012 Rank: #350 / 713
USER SCORE
66
Based on
12 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH
musicOMH

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. 

80
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

Banks is all new material, and is a manifestation of the quantum leap Banks has taken as a songwriter and arranger.

80
NME
NME

No pillars of noise, no bandmates – and he’s burning all the brighter for it. 

70
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

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.

70
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

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.

60
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

For the most part, Banks battles his animosity with underlying hope, always relying on the former with an almost self-deprecating hostility. 

58
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

Banks, in contrast, is sluggish, unsteady, and ultimately noncommittal about forward motion. 

50
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

There are flashes of experimentalism, but most of the focus seems to be on adding confusing levels of complexity to the album’s arrangements.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 23, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Matador
GENRE: Indie Rock
WEBSITE: bankspaulbanks.com
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