13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Revisiting a long-beloved album in a high-profile way—as Interpol did on tour in 2017, performing their epochal debut, Turn On the Bright Lights, front to back to mark its 15th anniversary—can sometimes be a sign of a band running on fumes or being too reverent. But doing this smack in the middle of making their sixth album with producer Dave Fridmann reinvigorated the New York trio. “It really served us making the new record that we went back and played the first record,” singer Paul Banks told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe. “If circumstances align, I would recommend to other bands that they go out and hit the road a bit before they hit the studio.” Marauder is hardly a refutation of their past—Daniel Kessler’s chiming, knife-like guitar lines and Banks’ distinctive croon are present and in fine form (Banks does toy with a higher register on “If You Really Love Nothing” and “Party’s Over”). But the live-in-the-studio effect helps make the album feel feisty and snarling, delivering on the menace of its title. “We erred on the side of minimalism and simplicity,” said Banks. “It felt like time for us to go back to that tradition: Be a rock band and play.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Revisiting a long-beloved album in a high-profile way—as Interpol did on tour in 2017, performing their epochal debut, Turn On the Bright Lights, front to back to mark its 15th anniversary—can sometimes be a sign of a band running on fumes or being too reverent. But doing this smack in the middle of making their sixth album with producer Dave Fridmann reinvigorated the New York trio. “It really served us making the new record that we went back and played the first record,” singer Paul Banks told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe. “If circumstances align, I would recommend to other bands that they go out and hit the road a bit before they hit the studio.” Marauder is hardly a refutation of their past—Daniel Kessler’s chiming, knife-like guitar lines and Banks’ distinctive croon are present and in fine form (Banks does toy with a higher register on “If You Really Love Nothing” and “Party’s Over”). But the live-in-the-studio effect helps make the album feel feisty and snarling, delivering on the menace of its title. “We erred on the side of minimalism and simplicity,” said Banks. “It felt like time for us to go back to that tradition: Be a rock band and play.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
54 Ratings
54 Ratings
Jroc242 ,

A new welcome!

Just like to say since I saw you only once back in 2002 at 1st Ave Mpls. Always dig your own voice outside the Interpol. Groove on all your solo efforts. Your new found presentation and inspiration motivates me to follow such a path. No one has more influenced me since Robert Smith. Keep it real!

mcginnjw ,

Underrated

This is a great Interpol album....No. 3 in my book with potential to be No.2. Hard for any band to top TOTBL.

grooveinc ,

Solid effort, on par with El Pintor

On first listen I wasn't sure I would like it, but it's always like that with Interpol. A few litens in I was catching all the subtleties, hearing all the backgrounds and tuning out the parts that bother me like off key segues that Interpol is so fond of and now it seems nearly perfect. Standouts for me are Complications, If You Really Love Nothing, Number 10, It Probably Matters. All in all it's a solid 4 out of 5!

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