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Turn on the bright lights  - Interpol - 2002
Label: Matador ole 545-2 (USA)
Format: CD
From: USA
My rating: 6/10

Entered: 11/04/2002
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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Jonny in buying new release shocker! I bought this because these guys are apparently into some of the same 80s music as me.

'Untitled' is quite good. Very clean sounding. Slightly Joy Division, but with wimpy vocals. It also hints of Echo and the Bunnymen. It's pretty solid, and I think it will grow on me.

'Obstacle 1' (hmm, sounds like Joy Division again). His vocals sound more like Psychedelic Furs here. The guitar playing gives it a nice frenetic early New Order feel though. 'NYC' again has slightly wimpy vocals that really don't appeal to me. The guitar line is softer and gentler. 'PDA' doesn't sound like a promising name for a song. The music is quite good - dark, engergetic and rocky, actually reminding me slightly of My Dad is Dead. Here, the vocals remind me of The Wedding Present.

'Say Hello to the Angels' is a Smiths pastiche, sounding quite convincingly like an outtake from the first album (perhaps with a bit of Orange Juice thrown in). The vocal melody even sounds a bit like the verse of 'this charming man'. 'Hands Away' is slow to get going, but eventually sounds great, with a nice droney sound, augmented by strings.

'Stella was a diver and she was always down' is a simple, repetitive pop song, with nice 80s guitar sounds. It goes on too long though. I've run out of energy to list out and discuss the songs, which I guess is a signal that this isn't a classic album.

Overall, this is a nice enough album, but I can't help feeling that the band have nothing to say, and not quite enough to offer musically. They're capable of some quite cool sounds, and are really quite good. But I have a suspicion that they're not quite good enough to stick around that long. It feels unkind and unreasonable to be writing this, especially since I'm so completely out of the current music scene (in fact, this is the first 2002 release I've bought!). So I wouldn't take my comments too seriously. But as a big Smiths/Joy Division fan, this didn't completely light my fire, although bits of it are great. The first half is definitely easier to get into. The disc is playing for the second time now on my headphones, and already it sounds better. So you never know, maybe this is just a grower.

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