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Our Love To Admire

24th July 2007

I guess I should say something about the latest Interpol album, seeing as I’ve just played it three times in a row. I’ve already written about this band on several occasions, and I suppose I’m knee-jerking to the middling reviews in the UK press for their third album. In a nutshell, the average review is wrong, and I am entirely right. It is perfect.

Our Love To Admire

Figure 1: Our Love To Admire

Perfect? Well, I’m not sure yet, but bloody hell - how it has grown on me in the last few days. The opening trio of Pioneer To The Falls, No I in Threesome and The Scale equal anything they did on the past two albums. I’d even go so far as to say that Pioneer… is better than seldom heard non-album favourite The Specialist. That good, that dark.

I dunno. There is something unique about this band. Nonsensical lyrics, dark, Joy Division-inspired guitars (yes, just like Editors) and a thick slab of moodiness - but it all works, and their sound seems more mature with every track they make. I’m hooked yet again. Anyway, back to work…

Responses

# Jon Hicks responded on 24th July 2007 with...

I enjoyed “An End has a Start” for a while, but then I realised that it was basically Coldplay with a deep voice. Listening to ‘Our Love’ really drives home how Interpol are the real deal - musically and lyrically.

My favourites are “Rest my Chemistry”, “Wrecking Ball” and “Pace is the trick”, but that opening threesome has really grown on me!

# Richard Rutter responded on 24th July 2007 with...

I can understand the middling reviews; I’m still not taken by this album yet. But yours is not the only trusted voice who assigns greatness to this album, so I will stick it out and see if starts to hit the mark.

# Marty responded on 25th July 2007 with...

I’ve had it on high rotation for about a fortnight and, as much as I love Interpol, I’m not finding much new in it. I really like it but it’s not a great leap from their last album.

# Sam H responded on 25th July 2007 with...

Can’t wait to hear it all! One of the new tracks was played on Radio 1 the other night but I was involved in a fierce Mariokart DS GP so I wasn’t listening too intently

# Chris responded on 25th July 2007 with...

I was really taken with it at first, especially opening with Pioneer…, but further listens didn’t really endear the album as a whole to me. The standout track for me too is Wrecking ball, deiniftely one of their best.

# JamesM responded on 28th July 2007 with...

Good album, I’m not sure if I’m as taken with it as I have been with the previous two. That said, it’s been on constant rotation (do mp3’s rotate?) since launch. Hugely enamoured with “Rest my chemistry” - Turn the volume way up, then start the track and enjoy the building plinky-plonky (technical term) intro as it crashes into that first pounding note…

# Ben Ward responded on 30th July 2007 with...

I think I heard one new song whilst in HMV today so based off that and your glowing recommendation I went and bought it. Just pressed play for the first time and I’m loving Pioneer. Damn that’s good.

# Bojan responded on 30th July 2007 with...

Unfortunately, I don’t like this one as the previous two. Our love is for sure a disappointment to me, though I do not consider it a bad album. I just expected more. Lighthouse is my favorite track, but it doesn’t come close to, say, Public Pervert, or Stella.

# Ewan responded on 2nd August 2007 with...

The new album is great, but I definitely prefer Antics or TONBL. I really wish they’d play some gigs in Scotland, instead of playing festivals only, like T in the Park.

Give the Editors new album a try, very interpolesque.

# Tomasz Gorski responded on 23rd August 2007 with...

My favourites are “Rest my Chemistry”, “Wrecking Ball” (deiniftely one of their best) and “Pace is the trick”, but that opening threesome has really grown on me! - I fully agree these 3 are also my favorite, The new album is great! Regards

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