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Paul Banks - Banks
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2012 Ratings: #415 / 946
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Based on 23 ratings
October 23, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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

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

80
NME

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

70
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

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

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

58
Pitchfork

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

50
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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END OF YEAR LISTS

#24/The Line of Best Fit
#39/Under the Radar
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