Saturday, July 28, 2007

Interpol / "Our Love to Admire"


It's sad, but true: Interpol have become the Strokes. The timeline:

2001: Amid a wave of hype, the Strokes release "Is This It?" to critical adulation and widespread fandom. Overzealous comparisons to legendary band The Velvet Underground are made.

2002: Amid a wave of hype, Interpol releases "Turn on the Bright Lights" to critical adulation and widespread fandom. Overzealous comparisons to legendary band Joy Division are made.

2003: The Strokes release "Room on Fire," which basically amounts to the same album as "Is This It?" only worse. Critical review and fan consensus are both generally positive, but far less glowing than the debut.

2004: Interpol release "Antics," which basically amounts to the same album as "TotBL" only worse. Critical review and fan consensus are both generally positive, but far less glowing than the debut.

2006: The Strokes release "First Impressions of Earth." Does anyone care? They again cover no new ground, take a step backwards, and have become symbolic of the hype machine. What once looked like a promising career appears to have dwindled into a one-shot rock fix that temporarily connected underground rock with the mainstream. The Strokes are, for all purposes, finished.

2007: Interpol releases "Our Love to Admire." You know where this is going...

Rating: 3.5

2 comments:

Kid C said...

It pains me to write this review, because "TotBL" is one of my top five or ten albums of the decade so far.

Zach...right? said...

even though our love to admire was a step backwards it was still a step in a better direction for this band.

at least as far as Antics is concerned. album sucked.