Originally Posted by whodini
+1. Even if they seem to take a slow slide towards the softer ("Into the Hollow"), stuff like "3's & 7's" really feels like Rated-R stuff. Much of the album sounds Desert Sessions-esque to me.
I'm surprised people here aren't enjoying the album. My other Interpol friends love it as much as I do. I understand what you mean by them trying to sound a bit much like themselves, but I see it more the way razuel does in that they're trying to go back to their TBL days. I liked Antics as it was a departure in some ways from their atmospheric-based sound but this album has me skipping fewer tracks, if any, the first few listen-through's.
For the record, "Pioneer" was the song Interpol was formed to write. The simplistic riff comes off sounding like Bauhaus while the lyrics are reminiscent of Joy Division. It's a fucking great goth song without being the shit you'd hear from SWR.
I've had that riff on repeat in my mind for days...
Well, I haven't (and probably will not) written off the album completely. There are a few standout tracks, and Pioneer (although it reminds me of a killers song) is definitely one of them. With me, I just have a hard time not comparing new music to the old. TOTBL was, and will always be, their best album in my opinion.
Another issue I have with the album is that some of the lyrics sound a little trite, I would have been willing to move past that if Pauls voice still sounded as though it were intact, but he sounds noticably different on these new tracks, a little affected, especially in "No I in Threesome." He doesn't sound nearly as omniscient or warm as he did on TOTBL, and not half as clever, lyrically.
I'll probably have the album on repeat on my ipod today.
Anyway, time to digress. The new YYY's song "Down Boy"
is the shit.