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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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Haven't put it down yet....

Great album that shows huge growth since last solo effort (Julian Plenti Is....Skyscraper). Immediately loved Young Again (check out the video, it's awesome!) and Summertime Is Coming. And like with Interpol albums, with each listen you hear/understand more and more. By the 15th listen, I was totally hooked. Good job, Paul!


I am at the point where, as an enormous Interpol fan, I'm ok with the idea that there may not be another Interpol album. The reason? Paul Banks has shown that his solo outings have as much strength, if not more so, than Interpol albums. Banks is simply beautiful. Dark, indifferent and brilliant, Paul experiments with new sounds typical of a solo outing, but there is a lot of Interpol in this CD, albeit with maybe a poppier feel like his initial Julian Plenti release. I've had the album on "repeat" and simply can't get enough. How he isn't more widely appreciated, I will never know.


i'll sue you, is an awesome song and this album rules!


Born: May 3, 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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