Ten years on from its original release, New York’s Interpol (Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler, Sam Fogarino and as was, Carlos Dengler) have remastered and reissued their third album Our Love To Admire.
So far the only release on a major label, Capitol, it marked a change of sonic direction following their first two albums – Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics.
Still present were the mystique and enigmatic moodiness we’d all come to love and expect from Interpol but these were supplanted somewhat by a greater expansiveness, a sense of expression musically, maybe even a desire to start moving away from past efforts. Certainly there is no aping of their previous releases, a decision that both helped and hindered Our Love To Admire.
Even though Our Love To Admire was made and released a mere 10 years ago the remastered tracks do sound cleaner and crisper than their barely aged counterparts. So why the remaster? 10 years is certainly a milestone to commemorate; however it could also mark a failure, regardless of how glorious, in the band’s career.
Pioneer to the Falls is the album’s opening track; cinematic in scope, fuller in sound, and riffy in a way not really heard before. Kessler’s playing especially is, pardon the pun, instrumental in holding everything in place. It’s different and sets the template for the album as a whole.
This does come at a price though; as far as accessibility of the songs go it’s a success, but the magic of the interplay between Fogarino and Dengler in the rhythm section is downplayed to near non-existence.
No I in Threesome feels almost pedestrian compared to Stella Was A Diver and She’s Always Down and Not Even Jail from Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics respectively. The Heinrich Maneouvre is the the standout track and it’s no surprise that it was chosen as the lead single – it is, for me, the most Interpol-y song on the album. All Fired Up features another guitar riff from Kessler that serves as the fulcrum, and it crescendos nicely with Banks’s playing at the end.
Lyrically this appears as one of the least ambiguous of Paul Banks’s collections though one or two Bernard Sumner-esque lines do creep in.
At the end of the day Our Love To Admire is a good album, though not necessarily a great Interpol album. Indeed, take a look at their Facebook page and there is more made of the 15th Anniversary of Turn On The Bright Lights than there is of this.