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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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pre ordered from Matador

Very enjoyable - glad I bought it - i enjoy holding the disc and artwork ...didja know the disc comes with a poster lol this is great music for relaxing

Thanks To Pre-Ordering through Matador Records...

I got it early. It's fantastic well worth the two months wait. =)


I love Interpol so much.. And i just found out PAUL BANKS has a solo so i heard all the songs and not one grabed my attention :( very dissapointed i expected so much better good luck next time.. And hope interpol delivers a next great Album ..


Born: May 3, 1978 in Clacton-on-Sea, England

Genre: Alternative

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

Best known as Interpol's distinctive baritone vocalist, Paul Banks was a singer/songwriter in his own right before joining that band. During the mid-'90s, he adopted the alias Julian Plenti to perform as an acoustic solo artist at New York venues such as the Knitting Factory and Tobacco Road. Around that time, Banks ran into his old friend, guitarist/vocalist Daniel Kessler, and joined his up-and-coming band Interpol. As the group worked its way from eight-track demos in the late '90s to signing...
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