Album Title: Antics
Release Date: September 28, 2004
Genre: Rock
"If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it" is a horrible clich» that should never be applied to true musicians and songwriters, but there is nothing wrong with shifting the theme and not the song-writing class.

With 'Antics' New York four-piece Interpol have utterly ratified their acceptance into the song-writing elite.

Proving that debut 'Turn on the Bright Lights' was anything but a fluke, they have returned with a new LP that has a similar affecting quality of gradual encapsulation, without resorting to producing an overly similar album.

The punky elements of 'PDA' and 'Say Hello to the Angels' are not resonant, and the darker lyrics and sinister characteristics that made 'Turn on the Bright Lights' such a depressing winter's day walkman essential are reduced. But Paul Bank's engulfing vocals remain, applied in a conversely, almost perversely, uplifting fashion.

Interpol clearly have a firm immune system to second-album-syndrome, but the ten tracks on show here are oddly catching. From opener 'Next Exit' to closer 'A Time to be so Small', it's like sleeping in the open mouth of a Venus fly trap that won't eat you because it loves you too much.

Sounds unsettling? It is. And it's excellent. Pinpointing songs overall is difficult, but 'Slow Hands' 'Evil' and 'C'mere' are all excellent.

Only the most enigmatic bands could make you smile from ear to ear when listening to such glumly-titled tracks. Interpol have now officially joined these ranks.

Writer: Tim Newbound

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