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Interpol by Interpol
Released: Sep 2010
Label: Matador
On album four, Interpol keep the mood morose, picking at it like a scab that will never heal. From "Success" to "Barricade," they're angsty but dynamic and upbeat, revealing a side that's not as sinister as they'd like us to believe. A robust rhythm section led by bassist Carlos D. (who left the band after this recording) gathers the suspense as Paul Banks tries to persuade himself as much as us that he's just "a good guy." The latter half bleeds a little slower; its operatic dirges show off the band's (and mixer Alan Moulder's) gift for turning disillusionment into something quite inviting.
Stephanie Benson

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