Review: Interpol, ‘Interpol’

Review: Interpol, ‘Interpol’: Aidin Vaziri |Despite a three-year gap between albums, highlighted by various solo ventures and the departure of mustachioed bassist Carlos Dengler, little has changed in Interpol’s insular world. The seductive, doomy strains of the New York band’s fourth album are instantly recognizable on the opening track, “Success,” possibly the most downbeat song in the history of rock ‘n’ roll to bear that title. There is a good deal of brooding, naturally, accompanied by skeletal guitars and baritone-heavy howls on songs like “Memory Serves,” “Lights” and “The Undoing.” But nearly a decade after releasing its breakthrough debut, “Turn on the Bright Lights,” the band finally seems willing to deviate from formula, at least on a pair of light-footed songs, “Summer Well” and “Try It On,” that let just the right amount of light into the slow-rumbling storm. At this rate, they’ll be a full-fledged pop band by 2074.


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