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Turn On The Bright Lights

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August 14, 2002

Pretty girls make graves, but pretty boys make bands, and the four likely lads of Interpol are so audaciously resplendent in their doom-and-gloom guitar ambience, you just have to tip your cap. Like many other New York indie bands, these well-dressed young men are bewitched by classic British art fucks such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Ride and the Smiths. But Interpol's sleek, melancholy sound is a thing of glacial beauty. After three mouthwatering EPs, they sound totally assured on their first full-length album, as singer Paul Banks mutters about the various depressed ladies in his life over reverb-drenched guitar drones. In their greatest song, "Obstacle 1," these guys can't even decide which Joy Division tune they're trying to bite, beginning with "She's Lost Control," segueing into "Disorder" and accidentally coming up with a brilliant new tune of their own. With gems such as "PDA," "Roland" and the fabulously titled "Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down," Interpol make head music as impeccably tailored as their Dolce & Gabbana suits.

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