El Pintor

Interpol - El Pintor
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2014 Ratings: #310 / 956
User Score
Based on 308 ratings
2014 Ratings: #279
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September 9, 2014 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
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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.

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.


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


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.

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.

The Skinny

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


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.


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.


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.

Slant Magazine

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

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.

Pretty Much Amazing

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

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.


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


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.

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.


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.

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.


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

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.

This is a HUGE improvement from their previous records! "El Pintor" is a beautifully produced, well written and meticulously crafted record that takes the sound from "Turn On The Bright Lights" and upgrades it to make it fresh again. This could've been their sophomore record and it still would've succeeded!

Fav Tracks: Tidal Wave, All The Rage Back Home, Everything Is Wrong, My Desire, My Blue Supreme, Anywhere

Least Fav Track: Twice As Hard

"feel my desire i'm a frustrated man"
More direct and better equipped they still remind us that they'll never make the record we all have been expecting for.
This is just kind of disappointing, not because it's bad but because it is decent. El Pintor is one of the better modern Interpol albums and was a return to form at this point in the bands career. Unfortunately it's just stale, like it's the bands same sound but really this album isn't fresh at all there isn't anything here that Turn On The Bright Lights or Antics can't get offer you, and despite rehashing the sound it isn't anywhere near as good as those. This album is solid but it really ... read more
the production, although it is always the same, reached its highest point: very enjoyable from the first to the last topic
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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
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Added on: June 5, 2014