Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2002 Ratings: #8 / 191
User Score
2002 Ratings: #3
Liked by 42 people
August 22, 2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

This record is no fun at all, the tension is rarely resolved, and -- oh no! -- it isn't exactly revolutionary, though some new shades of gray have been discovered. But you shouldn't allow your perception to be fogged by such considerations when someone has just done it for you and, most importantly, when all this brilliance is waiting to overwhelm you.

95
Pitchfork

Turn On the Bright Lights has been one of the most strikingly passionate records I've heard this year. That other people I've spoken with have the opportunity to experience it, and that they feel similarly about it, can only be a good thing.

CLJesse
100
I ejaculate every time I listen to this
BradTasteMusic
90
One of the most depressing albums I’ve ever listened to. Why did people want me to react to something like this?
JacksonLerner
100
one trip, i saw a mysterious album cover.
The cover design had a haunting red with contrasting black, a black so bitter that the objects in the picture became unrecognizable. this album changed how i view music overall;
It opens with “Untitled” as crashing guitars ensued, and background ambiance immediately filled. i listened, awestruck, for 49 minutes. interpol perfected a revival whose face was previously the Strokes
YungNoodle
98
MY BEST FRIEND’S A BUTCHER HE HAS SIXTEEN KNIVES
Plats
97
This album... it's just freaking great! Paul Banks has some brilliantly cryptic lyrics up his sleeve and the instrumentation and production are absolutely amazing! While it doesn't do anything revolutionary, "Is This It" did a similar thing before this, "Turn On The Bright Lights" is just as seminal and it deserves its own place in the indie/post-punk history books!

Fav Tracks: Leif Erickson, Obstacle 1, NYC, Stella was a diver and she was always down, PDA, Say Hello to the ... read more
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#1/Pitchfork
#32/SPIN

Track List

  1. Untitled
  2. Obstacle 1
  3. NYC
  4. PDA
  5. Say Hello To The Angels
  6. Hands Away
  7. Obstacle 2
  8. Stella was a Diver and She Was Always Down
  9. Roland
  10. The New
  11. Leif Erikson

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