AOTY 2023

Our Love to Admire

Interpol - Our Love to Admire
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2007 Ratings: #254 / 712
Year End Rank: #36
User Score
Based on 657 ratings
2007 Ratings: #127
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July 10, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
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It's the way in which the elements of the track click into place with a Swiss watchmaker's precision and artistry that really hits home.

Entertainment Weekly

The outcome is akin to an artistic explosion. Instead of falling back on the repetitive thrumming and jangling of their previous recordings, they’ve crowded Our Love to Admire with unexpected rhythmic feints (”All Fired Up”) and Arcade Fire-like orchestrations (”Pioneer to the Falls”) that stymie any attempt at casual listening.

Drowned in Sound
With giant gyrating reverberated guitars and a grandiose brass section, this is the sound of a rock band attempting the sweeping gallantry of Sibelius or Tchaikovsky and getting away with it. It represents a smugly victorious ending to what is a phenomenally strong and well-polished album.
Alternative Press

As with so many classic albums, it’s apparent from Love’s first notes that something transcendent and fiercely magical is about to unfold.

The Observer

Terrible, brooding and magnificent, Our Love to Admire sees NYC's most nocturnal sons sitting pretty at the top of the food chain, looking every inch the predatory creatures that adorn the album's sleeve.

NOW Magazine
In terms of writing and production, this may be Interpol at their best.
It’s a majestic, grandiose, machine-tooled album, subtly orchestrated with gothic pianos and doomy organs.
So make a fuss over their return, but let it be for this reason: Interpol have made a great album.
The Line of Best Fit
Rather than allowing their music to change to fit their new situation, they have produced an album that builds significantly on their past, to great effect.
A.V. Club

On the whole, Our Love To Admire delivers exactly what's promised, which for fans will be exactly enough.

Under the Radar

Our Love To Admire isn't going to change many minds--those who already liked the band will find plenty to please, and vice versa.

No Ripcord

Our Love to Admire’s lesser tracks seem to have placed a greater emphasis on texture than melody or even rhythm, which is arguably the band’s most potent weapon. As a whole, though, Sam Fogarino will be satisfied.


Falling somewhere between the full-on gloom of their debut and the peppier follow-up, Antics, this new disc may not be their Sgt. Pepper, but it’s still filled with morbidly catchy treats.


There are just enough interesting songs on Our Love to Admire to suggest that they can't be written off entirely just yet.

Interpol's third LP sounds more or less like the last two, and that's its biggest problem.

Overall, Our Love to Admire is definitely a decent album and I would recommend it, especially to fans of older material. However, if this would be your first experience with Interpol I would suggest looking at another album. Particularly Turn On the Bright Lights.

Rolling Stone
Here's the solid, understated third album that digs in without trying to break new ground.
The Guardian

Given the climate, that probably won't bother the browsers in Tesco: glossy, professional, and strangely hollow, Our Love to Admire still sounds like a hit.


A few more similarly unexpected turns would have been welcome. But Admire feels oddly reined in, a transitional record by a band not yet willing to completely let go of the past.


Admire finds the band's balance shifting significantly; the rhythm players often seem more like glorified session men than integral components of a sleek post-punk machine.

Coke Machine Glow

Even the best songs of Our Love To Admire can’t reach the boggling complexity and honesty of most anything from Turn On The Bright Lights.


Our Love to Admire is the perfect soundtrack for an eighth grade dance, but for actual adults who know better, it’s best to avoid this mess.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Our Love To Admire isn’t even a contractual obligation to push off without care. But boy does it sound like one; a band phoning it in, out of steam, and running on a few lingering fumes and smoldering coals.


while its not as atmospheric or ambitious as turn on the bright lights or even antics, our love to admire is still a very well produced album filled with great songs, especially in the first half :)


This is my favorite Interpol record. The best singles they have put out are here, the tracklist is consistent and the production is BIG and atmospheric. Love this record


Maybe it's just weird to me, but all of their album covers have been pretty simple up until this point, where you have animals killing each other. Just a bitttt weird but alright lol

This is another great album. The songwriting is on point, the production is still lush, and the lyrical themes of love are still interesting to me. I love some of the details that are added to this project as well, with the synths playing a little bit of a bigger roll. Pioneer To The Falls is also one of my ... read more


im completely obsessed with half the songs on this album whats new


This is actually surprisingly great considering how indifferent people are to post-Bright Lights Interpol. Tons of great tracks and still feels very fresh. I could totally see myself putting this on over Bright Lights every now and then, I really don't get why this album gets written off so much.


Our Love To Admire is REALLY well produced and really consistent throughout - Interpol has a much bigger more atmospheric sound and you can hear things that paved the well really nicely for their self titled album here too. Very good.

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