Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2002 Ratings: #7 / 192
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2002 Ratings: #2
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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.

100
Sputnikmusic

It's style, sleek feel, and excellent execution creates an album full of emotion, despite emotionless vocals. The debut from Interpol is 50 minutes of consistently solid, sometimes fantastic, sometimes breathtaking genius work.

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.

91
Entertainment Weekly
On their debut LP, Interpol mix the propulsive sonic backgrounds and emotional swells of early-’80s post-punk with unexpected bursts of melody and their own brand of wit to create one of the most exciting new sounds of the year.
90
Tiny Mix Tapes

As a debut full-length, the group is definitely doing some excellent stuff, but like any band that gets swept up by the hype machine, you may be disappointed if you expect too much.

90
Drowned in Sound

Interpol have emerged at time when reinventing the past is the new “it” thing. They take that 80s melodic, post-punk sound and make it feel renewed rather then rehashed.

80
NME
Through all those years of bad irony and blank angst, The Dark’s vital signs have kept strong. With ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’, Interpol interpret them perfectly for these new and exciting times.
80
musicOMH

This is cold soul, post-punk mope-rock at its absolute best, and Turn On The Bright Lights is a nearly flawless and consistently impressive debut.

60
Rolling Stone

Interpol’s sleek, melancholy sound is a thing of glacial beauty.

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 bookstore trip, i saw a mysterious album cover. the design had a haunting red with a contrasting black; a black so bitter that the objects in the picture became unrecognizable. this album changed how i view music overall.

it opened with “untitled” as crashing guitars ensued, and background ambiance immediately filled. i continued to listen, awestruck, for 49 minutes. interpol perfected a revival whose representation 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!

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