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Interpol

Interpol - Interpol
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2010 Ratings: #738 / 865
User Score
Based on 149 ratings
2010 Ratings: #221
September 7, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
Drowned in Sound

On the whole, Interpol isn't easy listening. In fact, it takes several spins to come to terms with it, and if all of their previous records have come littered with big singles guaranteed to excite alternative clubland's dancefloors and radio stations, Interpol is lacking in anything as instant as 'Slow Hands', 'Obstacle 1' or 'The Heinrich Maneuver'.

60
musicOMH

Interpol mostly deliver on this album with what they do best, sprinkling some of their most creative moments across it.

50
PopMatters

Given the band’s lack of blinding instrumental technique, it’s probably not wise for Interpol to try to stretch too far away from its strengths (namely, trading in clipped, minimalist tunes neatly assembled with simple-yet-effective riffs that a five-year-old could play), but what do you know, that’s what the group has decided to do here.

46
Pitchfork

The whole thing sounds like the eighth day of an endless party where everyone's already slept together, burned themselves out on drugs that used to be fun, and developed systems of grudges and resentments that make it barely worth talking to one another. And yet the party goes on and there they sit, sighing bitterly while confetti pours down and the drinks go around.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

HAVING SAID THAT, this is still lukewarm Interpol, beginner’s stuff from a band that has weathered enough moons to know better. That it is an improvement over Our Love to Admire, now that I think about it, was a wriggling Given, a throbbing Certainty; but it’s telling that the strongest compliment I can give this eponymous step-in-the-right-direction is that it is a step in the right direction.

Plats
58
The album art represents how I feel pretty well. The logo looks like it's going to form into something cool, but it just stops. While the production and lyrics are solid here, everything, from the guitar work to the structuring, sounds lazy and uninspired and the record is just a slog to.

Fav Tracks: Barricade, Lights, Summer Well, Try It On

Least Fav Tracks: Always Malaise (The Man I Am), All Of The Ways

Score:
5.8
Okay
siberianbreaks
NR
Interpol's self-titled is definitely more grand than their others, but it's easily their most underwhelming and lazy release. It's not really offensively bad either. I just can't find any standout moments here at all and it's honestly just a chore to listen through.

Favourite tracks: Barricade
KengojiUltamYT
75
Not as bad as people say. A bit front-loaded but still good.

Best Tracks: Success, Summer Well, Lights, Barricade, Safe Without, The Undoing
Worst Track: Try It On
MinatoArisato
45
Interpol's self titled is a record that feels lazy and kind of pointless. Yes it is still Interpol delivering the sound they are known for but that's really it, nothing new. It feels all very similar, each track just seems the same as the last and non of these songs really stand out at all. Most if not all are fairly boring and generic post punks songs that just don't feel exciting.

Best Track: Try It On
Worst Track: All Of The Ways
CameronPilgrim
82
Success - 8/10
Memory Serves - 9.2/10
Summer Well - 8.8/10
Lights - 9/10
Barricade - 9.8/10
Always Malaise (The Man I Am) - 9.5/10
Safe Without - 8.8/10
Try It On - 6.5/10
All of the Ways - 6.9/10
The Undoing - 6/10
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Track List

 

  1. Success 
  2. Memory Serves 
  3. Summer Well 
  4. Lights 
  5. Barricade 
  6. Always Malaise (The Man I Am) 
  7. Safe Without 
  8. Try It On 
  9. All of the Ways 
  10. The Undoing

 

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