Turn on the Bright Lights [Tenth Anniversary Edition]

Turn on the Bright Lights [Tenth Anniversary Edition]

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One might go into a review like this one wondering how many words will pass before Joy Division is brought up. In this case, the answer is 16. Many are too quick to classify Interpol as mimics and lose out on discovering that little more than an allusion is being made. The music made by both bands explores theSee more details below

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One might go into a review like this one wondering how many words will pass before Joy Division is brought up. In this case, the answer is 16. Many are too quick to classify Interpol as mimics and lose out on discovering that little more than an allusion is being made. The music made by both bands explores the vast space between black and white and produces something pained, deftly penetrating, and beautiful. Save for a couple vocal tics, that's where the obvious parallels end. The other fleeting comparisons one can whip up when talking about Interpol are several -- roughly the same amount that can be conjured when talking about any other guitar/drums/vocals band formed since the '90s. So, sure enough, one could play the similarity game with this record all day and bring up a pile of bands. It could be a detrimental thing to do, especially when this record is so spellbinding and doesn't deserve to be mottled with such bilge. However, this record is a special case; slaying the albatross this band has been unfairly strangled by is urgent and key. Let's: there's another Manchester band at the heart of "Say Hello to the Angels," but that heart is bookended by a beginning and end that approach the agitated squall of Fugazi; the torchy, elegiac "Leif Erikson" plays out like a missing scene from the Afghan Whigs' Gentlemen; the upper-register refrain near the close of "Obstacle 1" channels Shudder to Think. This record is no fun at all, the tension is rarely resolved, and -- oh no! -- it isn't exactly revolutionary, though some new shades of gray have been discovered. But you shouldn't allow your perception to be fogged by such considerations when someone has just done it for you and, most importantly, when all this brilliance is waiting to overwhelm you. [The Tenth Anniversary edition of the album included a wealth of bonus material, such as tracks from the band's first demo sessions, their 2001 Peel Session, and 2002's Interpol EP.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2012
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861099321
catalogNumber:
10993
Rank:
27550

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Untitled  -  Interpol
  2. Obstacle 1  -  Interpol
  3. NYC  -  Interpol
  4. PDA  -  Interpol
  5. Say Hello To The Angels  -  Interpol
  6. Hands Away  -  Interpol
  7. Obstacle 2  -  Interpol
  8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down  -  Interpol
  9. Roland  -  Interpol
  10. The New  -  Interpol
  11. Leif Erikson  -  Interpol

Disc 2

  1. Interlude  -  Interpol
  2. Specialist  -  Interpol
  3. PDA  -  Interpol
  4. Roland  -  Interpol
  5. Get The Girls/Song 5  -  Interpol
  6. Precipitate  -  Interpol
  7. Song Seven  -  Interpol
  8. A Time To Be So Small  -  Interpol
  9. Untitled  -  Interpol
  10. Stella  -  Interpol
  11. NYC  -  Interpol
  12. Leif Erikson  -  Interpol
  13. Gavilan/Cubed  -  Interpol
  14. Obstacle 2  -  Interpol
  15. Hands Away  -  Interpol
  16. The New  -  Interpol
  17. NYC  -  Interpol

Disc 3

  1. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down  -  Interpol
  2. Precipitate  -  Interpol
  3. Get The Girls/Song 5  -  Interpol
  4. Untitled  -  Interpol
  5. Obstacle 1  -  Interpol
  6. Precipitate  -  Interpol
  7. Roland  -  Interpol
  8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down  -  Interpol
  9. NYC  -  Interpol
  10. PDA  -  Interpol
  11. Obstacle 1  -  Interpol

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Performance Credits

Interpol   Primary Artist

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