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Interpol - Our Love To Admire

Released on Capitol Records, 7/10/07

After two critically acclaimed albums and a grueling touring schedule following the release of Antics, the New York based band Interpol was due for a bit of a break. Fortunately for fans, Interpol was back in the studio in early 2006 knocking out tracks for their latest effort, Our Love To Admire. This album is the first for the band on their new label (Capitol) and includes an abundance of keyboards in many of the arrangements, making it a bit of a departure for the band. However, this infusion of new elements appears to have only improved an already solidly talented band given an auspicious debut at #4 on the Billboard charts.

What remains familiar in Interpol’s latest effort is the darker, more somber sound the band is known for. Whereas there are a few lighter sounding tracks ("The Heinrich Maneuver" being one of them), the majority stay true to the sound Interpol displayed in Antics and Turn on the Bright Lights. One of the best of these tracks is the mournful "Lighthouse". Apparently, the powerfully emotive guitar used in this track was fifty years old and one can almost feel the fatigue and world weariness with every chord. Lyrically sparse, this is a track to be felt and experienced.

On a slightly lighter, more tongue-in-cheek vain is the humorously titled "No I in Threesome". A darkly comical musing on a relationship that seems to have lost its "spark", Paul Banks candidly acknowledges the need for a breath of fresh air in this otherwise stale union. Banks' vocals are solidly backed by Carlos Dengler’s well executed bass melody. Okay, so perhaps exploring ménage a trois due to boredom in a relationship isn’t exactly the lightest stuff in the world, but in the context of many of the other tracks on Our Love To Admire, "No I in Threesome" qualifies as "lighter".

Another slight departure for Interpol is the aforementioned "The Heinrich Maneuver". It’s not necessarily a departure in terms of content as it revolves around a relationship that went south and an ex-paramour who went west. Relationship woes and issues is fairly well trodden territory for Interpol. "The Heinrich Maneuver" is a bit more up-tempo and is about as accessible as an Interpol track can be. Carlos Dengler again provides solid bass lines throughout.

The remainder of Our Love To Admire contains a myriad of mostly solid tracks that are likely to please anyone who is a current fan of Interpol. The changes that Interpol has introduced in this third album are subtle enough that they will likely not turn off any current fans, but they are noticeable enough to give Our Love To Admire a slightly different feel from their previous efforts. However, if you were expecting something radically different from anything Interpol has done previously, you will be disappointed.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars