A Fine Mess

Interpol - A Fine Mess
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2019 Ratings: #357
May 17, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
Spectrum Culture

Though short, this collection of songs offers something markedly different from the band, and the diversion is more than welcome.

60
The Skinny

New EP A Fine Mess is the off-cuts from last year's full-length and – perhaps because of its short nature at just five tracks – possibly their best post-hiatus release yet.

60
Paste

What’s disappointing about A Fine Mess is not just that the songs are unremarkable but also that they don’t deviate from the band’s usual approach in any notable way.

60
Under The Radar

A Fine Mess is just that—scattered outtakes from producer Dave Fridmann's (The Flaming Lips) stellar work with the band from the previous year.

56
Pitchfork

Culled from last year’s Marauder sessions with Dave Fridmann, there’s still a sense that the production actively tries to disrupt what Interpol does well.

48
Sputnikmusic

Ultimately, A Fine Mess is a subpar offering that sounds like you’d imagine it to: a handful of B-sides with varying degrees of enjoyment, made worse by a myriad of problems.

zachthesnack
58
Now if this isnt the most appropriately titled record ive ever seen

*boyish chuckling insues*
thomasny18
40
You remember Inter/pol/, right???

Think they had this one album. Something like "Take Off The Black Tights", or "Learn On The Bill Of Rights"? Something like that. Then they had a successful followup called Attics.

Wow, that was a while ago. You'd think that they'd struggle to be as good now and that's where you're...right. This is awful.

I cringed a little bit with my play on words earlier, but at least I put some fucking effort into it. Holy shit.
Plats
49
"A Fine Mess" is basically just some leftovers from "Marauder". The instrumentation is fine and the writing's decent but everything else about these tracks is so rough and so horribly mixed.

Fine Mess: 3.5
No Big Deal: 4.5
Real Life: 6.5
The Weekend: 4
Thrones: 6

Score:
4.9
Meh
jordymusic
63
I find all the songs on here decent, nothing more, nothing less. There's a lack of unique qualities here but the EP does manage to hold a respectable standard of energy throughout. I liked Marauder more than most seemed to and it looks like the situations the same here. Interpol really need to get the urgency back into their sound though. I want to be inspired and enthralled not slightly enlivened and barely satisfied. Interpol just sound like a discount rip off of...Interpol.
KengojiUltamYT
53
Interpol is Interpol is Interpol is Interpol is Interpol

Best Tracks: The Weekend,Thrones
Worst Track: Real Life
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Track List

  1. Fine Mess
  2. No Big Deal
  3. Real Life
  4. The Weekend
  5. Thrones
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