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As Interpol's dour baritone lead singer, Paul Banks could be counted on to bring the bleak and his solo career — whether billed as alter-ego Julian Plenti or as himself — has been different shades of the same alluring grey. Musicians choose their preferred sonic hues and follow where those tones take them. For Banks, it's a coarse minefield that offers plenty of alienating, post-punk clang in the disembodied feel of "Young Again," where Banks' vocals emit from behind the music. The deceptively mild instrumental "Lisbon" has placid guitars being picked, but there are moments midway through where emotions bubble up. "I'll Sue You" spits forth a raging bitterness that's emphasized by the unsettling rhythms. "The Base" shifts between textures, cold and monolithic vs. warm and close-up, as the song speaks as an elusive dream. "Arise, Awake" evokes a feeling of daydreaming through time and space. It's a cold, hard urban jungle out there.

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Patience Rewarded

Interpol is one of the few bands where I'm NOT tempted to hit fast forward or skip to the next track and although I was a bit skeptical on the first play , after several listens, it has blossomed into one of my favourite albums. Certainly a different speed than Interpol but after 2 weeks of almost non stop listening I can't imagine anyone who gives this a proper test drive not loving it . This album is so listenable . Give this one a chance . A lot of people have thanked me for highlighting this album and everyone says the same thing . Cant stop listening to it - Start to Finish . Enjoy


Super album... Les melodies st belles ça change d'interpol... Je suis fan


Born: May 03, 1978 in Clacton-on-Sea, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of several guitarists named Paul Banks who have been featured on records, this one more importantly joins the elite ranks of musicians who have been physically assaulted by members of their audience during a gig. A subcategory, of course, is musicians who have been assaulted by members of the audience while not on-stage or by someone who had no idea they are musicians. In the latter category, the nature of the assault is different, at least to serious music critics, in that a direct comment on...
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