Ma­rauder (Mata­dor) AL­BUM OF THE WEEK

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - CULTURE -

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.

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