CD Review: Interpol
|Our Love to Admire Capitol |
Music •• Sound ••••
Our Love to Admire, their third album, continues where 2004's Antics left off. Nothing is greatly advanced. Riffs sound vaguely familiar. Only the band's spirited enthusiasm and attention to sonic detail make the lackluster melodies easier to overlook. Guitarist Daniel Kessler stakes out those riffs, making each note ring with fierce totalitarian dominance. For "All Fired Up," the band marches in lockstep behind him. After that, "Rest My Chemistry" and "Who Do You Think?" are more like ensemble pieces, with garage-rock chords pumping furiously into the shimmering but massive sonic cauldron, where singer Paul Banks can barely make himself heard above the din.
And this is where things fall apart. That din overpowers the individuals until the songs bleed into one another without distinguishing themselves. Even the album's most notable track - its closing cut, "The Lighthouse" - is a wispy piece of 4AD ethereal doom in search of a melody. Produced by the band with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, The Mars Volta), Our Love to Admire sounds big, loud, and brash, but the band needs to back up these poses with something memorable.