Marauder (Matador) ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Rewrite the rule book or… why fix it if it ain’t broke? It’s a dilemma every musician and band wrestles with especially when they’re more than a decade into their career. On this sixth album, Interpol’s Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino have clearly decided that the second option is the one for them. From the opening few seconds of this urgent album, it’s unmistakably Interpol. All the primary elements are there — insistent guitars, a driving percussion, and Banks’s languid and austere vocals. And the opener, ‘If You Really Love Nothing’ sets the tone for much of what’s to follow: fraught, anxious, questioning and opaque.
As with every Interpol album, there are several songs machine-tooled to have crossover appeal, including the anthemic ‘The Rover’. But they’re more compelling for long-time fans when embracing their art-rock roots, and ‘Number 10’ revels in a purposeful guitar line from Kessler and sounds like a companion piece to ‘Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down’ from first album Turn On the Bright Lights (which they toured last year).
Dave Fridmann — admired for his work with Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips — produces here and he’s certainly beefed up the sound even if Banks’s vocals sometimes have to fight with Fogarino’s drums.