On Disc: Interpol

Album: Our Love to Admire

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Our Love to Admire by Interpol

Our Love to Admire
EMI Music

3.5 stars

As with previous albums Antics and Turn Off the Bright Lights, Interpol’s latest offering, Our Love to Admire, deserves a repeat listen. In fact, it requires one. The disc’s dark tunes just don’t seem to pack a punch the first time around.

Our Love‘s not fatally flawed, but aside from singles “Heinrich Maneuver” and “Mammoth,” the album’s tracks lack the melodydriven backbone that gave Interpol’s previous efforts such catchy energy.

Still, comparisons aside, Our Love to Admire is a solid album, and one that grows on you with time. It continues the guitar-heavy sound that is Interpol’s signature, but takes it to a darker, more epic level " even if you thought that wasn’t possible. The disc stands up on its own. It is better background music for a low-key party than a light and breezy summer drive.

Although Our Love doesn’t quite reach the near-perfection of Antics, it’s refreshing to watch the progress of a band that stays true to what made it popular while still experimenting, as it does with the pianofilled “Rest My Chemistry.”

Our Love to Admire is definitely an album worth owning. If, like a fine wine, it only gets better with age, it could be your favourite record in a year.

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