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So influential as to have become almost invisible in the intervening years, 2002’s Turn on the Bright Lights practically minted American stadium indie rock. Interpol’s concrete-grey post-punk at first feels dominated by Paul Banks’ hectoring baritone, but shafts of light continually cut through. The stately “NYC” prefigures The National’s introspective triumphs, the hard-charging “PDA” is a seed for The Killers and Arcade Fire to water, and “Untitled” is the song that dozens of would-be U2s are still trying to write.

Customer Reviews


Are there really 200 couches?

First album I can listen to all the way through.

Holy hell. What can I say about Interpol that hasn't been said. People will have their Joy Division comparisons,and that's cool. But in my opinion,they have a little more variety than JD. And are much more fun to listen too. This album,has influenced me as a musician,and has helped me through difficult times in my life. Definitely in my top 10 albums ever.And for a good reason. Interpol,is the total package on this album. Catchy bass lines,layered guitars,great drumming,and intelligent lyrics sung by a haunting vocalist. Don't get the credit they deserve really.

No. 2 on my list of 25 Favorite Rock Albums of the 2000s

The best neo-postpunk album of the decade: a perfect distillation of that early '80s vibe coupled with a distinctly contemporary shimmer and mood.

I originally posted this mini-review in October 2010, but all the reviews for this album seem to have disappeared. Why is there now only one published review on iTunes for a classic album that's been out for nine years?


Formed: 1998 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

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

One of the leading post-punk revivalists of the 2000s and 2010s, Interpol took their cues from Joy Division and the Chameleons, fashioning a darkly atmospheric sound helmed by intricate guitars and Paul Banks' somber baritone. The group also had a striking visual presence marked by the members' fondness for suits, which only strengthened their stately, British-influenced appeal. Nevertheless, the band remained rooted in America, where guitarist Daniel Kessler and drummer Greg Drudy first struck up...
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